Epic Game of Thrones Needlework Up For Auction

A unique, monumental needlework embroidery depicting a defining scene from HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones is to go under the hammer at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in February.


The unique souvenir, commissioned by HBO’s UK representatives to promote the hit show in 2016, took more than 30,000 man hours to make.


The larger-than-life needlework, known as the ‘Hardhome Embroidery’, was produced by members of the Embroiderers' Guild, the UK’s leading educational charity promoting embroidery, as a backdrop to the DVD and Blu-ray launch of the fifth Game of Thrones series. HBO’s final series comes out in April this year.

 

Game of Thrones Embroidery to be sold by Sworders Fine Art

 

The scene, chosen by HBO for this amazing piece of textile art, was the battle between the White Walker army and the people of the Wildling town of Hardhome. The Night King with his eyes illuminated by LED lights is the central figure. Michele Carragher, the principal embroiderer for Game of Thrones costumes, created the four insects - a moth and three dragonflies. The border includes the crests of the houses of Stark, Arryn, Targaryen, Martell, Tully, Baratheon, Greyjog, Tyrell and Lannister - all familiar motifs to fans of the show.


The textile demanded the input of more than 140 people and displays a wide variety of traditional and cutting-edge needlework techniques across its 5.5 by 3.3m expanse, including appliqué, beading, digital printing, machine embroidery, metal thread work, quilting as well as surface stitching. It was completed and presented to HBO Home Entertainment within a matter of months on March 16, 2016.


Anthea Godfrey, Artistic Director at the Embroiderers’ Guild recalls: "We had a tight timescale. The atmosphere was electric throughout the night of the final assembly that finished just in time for a press call at 6am. It was a very special moment when the eyes first lit up and stared at the audience."

White Walker Head - Game of Thrones Embroidery

 

The Guild has made the difficult decision to part ways with the extraordinary project in the hope that it raises much needed funds for the charity. "It is with very mixed feelings that we have put the needlework up for auction but, for certain, it needs to go to a good home” says Anthea. “We are positive that the new owner will feel the vibe!". The estimate is pitched at £5,000-8,000.


The consignment forms part of Sworders' second Out of The Ordinary sale that brings together an eclectic mix of art, antiques, design and collectables with a wow factor. The February 12 sale is again being curated by specialist Mark Wilkinson who joined Sworders after three decades working at Bonhams and Christie’s.

For more information about the forthcoming sale, please contact: markwilkinson@sworder.co.uk or call 01279 817778

 

Visit Department Page

 

 


 

Recent News

 

Fashionable Heirlooms

Featured in the April 23 Homes & Interior sale is a wonderful private collection of Georgian shoe buckles. Inherited from the vendor’s parents, and even from their grandparents, they were acquired over a prolonged period with antique shops and Portobello market being popular hunting grounds.

19 April 2024

From Waterloo to Seringapatam

The Homes & Interiors Department are delighted to present a collection of military campaign medals. The 33 lots, sold by a local lady whose late husband was a keen collector, include an example of the most famous gallantry medals - the Waterloo Medal.

19 April 2024

Sculpture Park | Shaping The Future

The Sculpture Park is an online sale running from 26 April to 19 May featuring over 400 lots which are part of an enormous collection of modern and contemporary sculpture assembled by the renowned artist, collector and dealer, Eddie Powell.  With estimates ranging from £200-300 to £400,000-600,000 there is something to suit all budgets.

15 April 2024

 


 

Get Sworders News