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Sampler

1618 (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 sampler includes a range of repeating patterns, suitable for the decoration of linen. It is the earliest dated German sampler so far known.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with silk and linen in double running, Montenegrian cross, two-sided Italian cross and satin stitch, with cutwork, drawn thread work and buttonholed bars
Brief Description
Linen sampler by Lucke Boten, embroidered with silk and linen; German; dated 1618
Physical Description
Embroidered sampler
Dimensions
  • Height: 53cm
  • Width: 56cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Lucke Boten anno 1618' (Decoration; embroidering; silk; 1618)
Credit line
Bequeathed by A. G. Hemming
Historical context
There are pieces in similar style in two German museums :

Kunst und Gewerbemuseum, Hamburg, inv.1892.201, dated 1627 and with monogram BB;

Stickmustermuseum Celle, dated 1620 and signed Keneke Bobers.

Another piece formerly in the Focke Museum fur bremische Altertumer, Bremen, inv.K1230a, dated 1620 and signed Keneke Hollen, is now lost.
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 sampler includes a range of repeating patterns, suitable for the decoration of linen. It is the earliest dated German sampler so far known.
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.41-1951

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record createdNovember 15, 2002
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