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Sampler

first half of 17th century


Dimensions

18.38 x 15.75 cm (7 1/4 x 6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

33.667

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with silk and metallic thread and decorated with ink

Not On View

Collections

Europe , Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Spot motif sampler. Loosely-woven natural-colored linen ground embroidered in silk and metallic thread with a number of detached naturalistic and geometric patterns. On right are 3 large plants (columbine, rose, and honeysuckle) two small sprigs a fly, caterpillar, and a bird. On left are rosettes, acorns, strap-work, S-forms within compartments, lozenges, etc. Stitches (ref: Mrs. A. Christie) tent, cross, back, rococo, stem, Roumanian, plaited, braid, satin, darning, drawn and composite stitches worked with gold and silver thread (gilded silver wound on yellow silk and silver wound on white silk) and silk (red, pinks, greens, yellowish-greens, yellows, blues, cream. Edged with buttonholing; letters C S (backwards) O, I, S, H, D, and P E, apparently without meaning. Designs of birds traced in lower right corner are worked over with unrelated geometric patterns. Unfinished. Stained, lower left corner torn.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot, Mrs. J. T. Coolidge, Mrs. H. G. Cutler, Gift of Mrs. J. L. Hall, Mrs. E. J. Holmes, Mrs. E. P. May, and Mrs. Frederick S. Mosely to MFA, 1933

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel Cabot, Mrs. John Templeman Coolidge, Mrs. H. G. Cutler, Mrs. J. L. Hall, Mrs. E. J. Holmes, Mrs. E. P. May, and Mrs. Frederick S. Mosely