Sampler fragment

Probably German
early 19th century

Object Place: Germany (probably)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave embroidered with silk and metallic thread

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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


Gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick to MFA, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection