Overall: 23 1/8 x 25 7/8 in. ( 58.7 x 65.7 cm )
Nearly square linen sampler worked in various colors of silk floss; thick border of several rows of geometric patters on all side, various geometric designs in the center; stitches include cross, satin, back stitch, straight, eyelet.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
embroidered: left of central design, blue floss: "AVE MARIA / PURISIMA" embroidered: right of central design, yellow and blue floss: "LEIZO / ANA AS / SENSIO / ANODE / 1791"
This sampler, with its four-sided layout and corner tassels, is typical of those made in Spain and the Spanish colonies. It was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.