Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with silk and metal threads in tent, rococo, Romanian and plaited braid stitch, with pulled thread work

  • Museum number:

    T.234-1928

  • 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 example, with scattered individual motifs, is 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.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

mid 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with silk and metal threads in tent, rococo, Romanian and plaited braid stitch, with pulled thread work

Dimensions

Height: 77.5 cm, Width: 29.2 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with silk and metal thread; English; mid 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

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.