Sampler fragment

Probably German
early 19th century


Object Place: Germany (probably)

Dimensions

76.7 x 32.5 cm (30 3/16 x 12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.988

Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave embroidered with silk and metallic thread

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Central feature in design is a large basket filled with naturalistic roses and leafy plants. Above this is an alphabet. Flanking it are various short horizontal vine motives. Beneath it is a row of geometric motives then, various vegetative, animal and insect motives, and a small landscape scene. Near the center is a small wreath with the initials ‘N D’ and the date 18–. Border of green cotton tape. Couched repairs to ground; missing yarns. Lined. Stitiches: cross, rococo, tent, and two-side Italian cross variations

Provenance

Gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick to MFA, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection