Shaker sampler

Artist: Mariah Boil (born 1832)

Date: 1844

Geography: Made in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, United States

Culture: American, Shaker

Medium: Silk and cotton embroidery on linen/cotton

Dimensions: 13 x 11 3/4 in. (33 x 29.8 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Purchase, Edward J. Scheider Gift, in memory of Kathleen N. Scheider, and David S. and Elizabeth W. Quackenbush Gift, 2008

Accession Number: 2008.453


Few samplers were made in Shaker communities. This example is a sweet and simple piece of work, finely made and laid out in a clear composition. It illustrates the well-known Shaker mission to produce architecture and decorative arts that were functional but beautiful and that depended on the bare essentials of form for their decorative appeal.