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Rare And Important 18th Century Needlework Sampler


Presented here is an exquisite Sampler from the early 18th Century or perhaps late 17th Century, most likely continental Europe. This is a marvelous example of cut and drawn work in various colored thread on linen that dates back to the beginning stages of the sampler-making tradition. The sophistication and diversity of the stitches is unparalleled. The condition is very good, with only some minor separation along the edge and some  toning to the silk fabric in the center panel. The colors are extremely vivid, and the piece is signed with the initials "J.R.".


It has needle made lacework, drawn work, and a wide variety of stitches to show the proficiency of the seamstress. The patterns are derived from the earliest Italian pattern books . . . see item no 2120 in the Joan Stephen s sale for a similar example of style and execution. Those who are familiar with early needlework understand just how rare a piece like this is. Rarely seen outside of Museums, we have had the good luck to purchase this from a private collection of fine samplers and offer it for sale to the sophisticated collector to fill that gap in the collection that one so rarely has the opportunity to complete.
Sampler Size is 14 1/2" x 14 1/2"

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