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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    Friesland (made)

  • Date:

    1662 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered with silks

  • Museum number:

    T.127-1934

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In their earliest form, samplers were put together as personal reference works for embroiderers. They were trials of patterns and stitches that had been copied from others, and records of particular effects achieved that could be recreated again. This is a type known as a band sampler, worked with rows of alphabets in different forms, and the date 1662.

Physical description

The sampler is on linen with silk motifs. The top three rows of letters form the alphabet. Below are six further rows of capital letters in different styles, again forming the alphabet. Below is a row of trees with birds in a conventional style and then three further rows of capital letters forming another alphabet. At the bottom is a large tree with birds and it is flanked by the figures of a man and a woman.

Place of Origin

Friesland (made)

Date

1662 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered with silks

Marks and inscriptions

1662

Dimensions

Length: 23 in, Width: 12.75 in

Descriptive line

Sampler of embroidered linen from Friesland, Netherlands dating from 1662

Production Note

attributed by Rosalie Sloof, Researcher, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden in 2002

Materials

Linen; Silk

Techniques

Embroidering

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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