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Sampler

Sampler

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piccolomini, Gullia, born 17 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with linen and metal thread in satin stitch, with cutwork, drawn thread work and buttonholed bars

  • Museum number:

    T.787-1919

  • 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 thatcould be recreated again. This sampler includes a range of repeating patterns suitable for the decoration of linen, and also a figure of a woman or girl alongside the maker's name, perhaps a self-portrait.

Physical description

Embroidered sampler

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1600-1660 (made)

Artist/maker

Piccolomini, Gullia, born 17 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with linen and metal thread in satin stitch, with cutwork, drawn thread work and buttonholed bars

Marks and inscriptions

'Gvllia Piccolomini'
Decoration; embroidering; linen

Dimensions

Height: 81.3 cm, Width: 44.4 cm

Descriptive line

Linen sampler by Gullia Piccolomini, embroidered with linen and metal thread; Italian; first half 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; Metal thread

Techniques

Embroidering

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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