Linen embroidered with linen thread; reticella, satin, and eye stitches
H. 18 3/4 x W. 7 inches (47.6 x 17.8 cm)
From the Collection of Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper, Bequest of Mabel Herbert Harper, 1957
Not on view
Pure white work samplers such as this one have survived in smaller numbers than their more colorful counterparts. But while this example may lack the immediate visual impact of a contemporary polychrome band sampler, closer inspection rewards the viewer who studies the technical skill deployed by Sara Thral, particularly in the creation of her own name in lace stitches.
Signature: 1644.SARA THRAL
Arthur Blackborne (until 1916; his sale, American Art Galleries, December 18, 1916 , no. 363); Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper , New York (until d. 1957; bequeathed to MMA)
Artist: Attributed to Thomas How (British, active 1710–33)Date: ca. 1724–36Medium: Walnut and walnut veneer, parcel-gilt, the seat rails of beech; gilded lead mounts on the knees and front rail; verre églomisé panel mounted on the splat; covered in contemporary tent stitch embroidery on canvas needlework not original to the chairAccession: 64.101.936, .937On view in:Not on view