Sampler

Object Number: 
1963.132
Date: 
1792
Medium: 
Linen, silk, wool
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. ( 34.3 x 36.2 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered: center in red, gold and green floss: "1792 / WILHELMINA IDE" embroidered: in center in copper floss: "W I"
Description: 
Horizontal rectangular linen sampler worked with various colors of silk floss on a linen ground; contains allegorical and Biblical motifs of Adam and Eve surrounded by randomly positioned naturalistic imagery of a house and an oak tree; top border of alphabet and numbers, side and bottom borders of zig-zag saw tooth design; stitches include cross, chain.
Gallery Label: 
The attribution of this sampler to northern Germany or the Netherlands is based on its many allegorical, biblical and domestic motifs such as a ship; Adam and Eve and the Tree of Life atop a fence; spies of Canaan holding a bunch of grapes; a peacock; parrots; and two angels holding a floral cartouche. These elements are consistent with other known samplers from the region, as are the horizontal retangular shape and alphabet in block lettering on the top border.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group