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Embroidered spot sampler

Date:
first half 17th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
Silk and metal thread on linen canvas
Dimensions:
H. 16 1/4 x W. 10 3/8 inches (41.3 x 26.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
From the Collection of Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper, Bequest of Mabel Herbert Harper, 1957
Accession Number:
57.122.291
Not on view
Spot samplers feature motifs that are scattered in a seemingly random fashion over the surface of the foundation fabric, usually linen. These samplers are rarely signed or dated, and often include motifs that are only partially worked, leading to the conclusion that this type of sampler was made as a personal stitch reference for its maker, and not for display, as band samplers were signed by student embroiderers. The sampler features flowers, obelisks on pedestals, and an "S" motif, in addition to geometric designs that are of the type that would have been used to decorate small purses, cushions, and other accessories.
Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper , New York (until d. 1957; bequeathed to MMA)
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