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Sampler

mid 17th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with silk and metal threads in tent, rococo, Romanian and plaited braid stitch, with pulled thread work
Brief Description
Linen sampler embroidered with silk and metal thread; English; mid 17th century.
Physical Description
Embroidered sampler
Dimensions
  • Height: 77.5cm
  • Width: 29.2cm
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.
Collection
Accession Number
T.234-1928

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record createdNovember 13, 2002
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