Sampler with geometric patterns, lettering, and various motifs


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This Dutch sampler is an of example a practical working document, with various small patterns and motifs scattered across the surface of the cloth in different orientations making the best use of the available space on the foundation fabric. Apparently the women of Marken Island kept their samplers in or near their kitchens for handy reference. This practice has caused the samplers from this area to be discolored from exposure to the fumes and residue from cooking fires.

Sampler with geometric patterns, lettering, and various motifs, Silk embroidery on linen, Dutch

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