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Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1625-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk and metal thread in tent, Florentine, Hungarian, Montenegrin cross, rococo and Romanian stitch, with eyelets

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.279-1923

  • 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 type, with scattered individual motifs, is known as a spot sampler. It includes a typical range of motifs, with areas of repeating pattern, some suitable for the decoration of linen or costume accessories, such as purses, together with creatures taken from Richard Shorleyker's pattern book of 1624, A schole-house, for the needle, in which he advertises 'sundry sortes of spots, as flowers, Birdes and Fishes, &c'.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1625-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk and metal thread in tent, Florentine, Hungarian, Montenegrin cross, rococo and Romanian stitch, with eyelets

Dimensions

Height: 50.2 cm, Width: 31.1 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with silk and metal thread; English; second quarter of the 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.

Materials

Linen; Silk; Metal thread

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Rose (flower); Lion; Geometric designs; Birds; Unicorn; Fish; Flowers

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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