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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered with linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Margaret Simeon

  • Museum number:


  • 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. They would have been the work, not of children, but of more experienced embroiderers, and, to judge from the quality of this unfinished example, of professionals too.

Physical description

Linen sampler embroidered with linen, with cut work, drawn thread work and buttonholed bars.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1600-1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered with linen


Height: 34.3 cm, Width: 13.3 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/524.

Descriptive line

Linen sampler embroidered with linen, Italy, 1600-1650

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.


Linen (material); Linen thread




Household objects; Textiles; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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