Linen, silk, wool
Overall: 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. ( 34.3 x 36.2 cm )
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.
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
embroidered: center in red, gold and green floss: "1792 / WILHELMINA IDE" embroidered: in center in copper floss: "W I"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.