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Sampler with needle lace and cutwork

Linen embroidered with linen thread; reticella, satin, and eye stitches
H. 18 3/4 x W. 7 inches (47.6 x 17.8 cm)
Textiles-Embroidered, Textiles-Laces
Credit Line:
From the Collection of Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper, Bequest of Mabel Herbert Harper, 1957
Accession Number:
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

Inscription: alphabet
Arthur Blackborne , London (until 1916; sale, American Art Association, New York, December 18–20, 1916, no. 363; sold for $95 to Mrs. Harper); Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper , New York (1916–d. 1957; bequeathed to MMA)
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