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  • Place of origin:

    Friesland (made)

  • Date:

    1731-1734 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered linen with silks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Linen sampler embroidered with coloured silks in cross-stitch, back-stitch, Algerian eye stitch and satin stitch. The top half of the sampler is filled with different versions of the alphabet and on the fifth row down, the name 'SIKE IEMES' and a few small motifs of a tree, windmill, stag, birds, crown and heart, and man with walking stick. At the bottom of the sampler are the initials 'SY' with a flowering tree between the letters and the date 1731. The rest of the sampler is filled with motifs, mostly flowers, trees and birds together with a curious edifice with a cross on top. The date 1734 and the initials 'S.Y.' (repeated twice) occur also. The colours are predominantly blues, greens, buffs and yellow.

Place of Origin

Friesland (made)


1731-1734 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Embroidered linen with silks

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed, probably initials relate to embroidered signature at top of sampler, appear three times in bottom half of sampler

Signature and decoration on fifth row


Length: 26.5 in, Width: 14.125 in

Descriptive line

Embroidered linen sampler with silks, Friesland, Netherlands, 1731-1734


Linen; Embroidery silks



Subjects depicted

Crown; Heart; Windmill; Trees; Flowers; Stylized flowers; Stag


Textiles; Embroidery

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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