Whitework sampler

English
mid-17th century


Object Place: Britain

Dimensions

65 x 21.2 cm (25 9/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

38.1153

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with linen

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Unfinished whitework sampler, now backed with orange silk.
Ground: colored linen. Design: ten horizontal bands of geometric ornament in drawn-work and cut-work, and one band at the bottom in punto in area with two figures in a landscape (Annunciation? Cupid pointing an arrow at a woman?). Stitches: double hem; cut work including buttonhole, buttonhole picot, knotted buttonhole. Similar design dated 1643 (Ashton, Samplers, fig. 9). Linen is fringed across bottom.

Provenance

1938, gift of Philip Lehman (b. 1861 - d. 1947), New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman