Sampler

German
19th century
Johanna Zehrer (German)


Object Place: Germany

Dimensions

54 x 28 cm (21 1/4 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

43.980

Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave embroidered with silk

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Rectangular piece of cream wool gauze embroidered with polychrome silk yarns in fine cross stitch and backed with paper. Top third devoted to seven styles of upper and lower case alphabets, plus numbers, in horizontal rows. Remaining field; central feature, a shield, with a crown crest, flanked by a pair of rampant lions and the partial date 18–. Above this is the name “Johanna Zehrer”. Filling the surrounding field are bucolic scenes plus various plant and animal motives. Some small holes in ground.

Provenance

Gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick to MFA, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection