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Whitework and Needlepoint Lace Sampler, marked "CIG"

1788 (dated)
Origin: Europe: Netherlands; Germany; or Great Britain
5 1/8" x 11 3/4"
Silk and linen needlework threads on tabby linen ground
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1997-3
This is a rectangular piece of white tabby weave linen, cut with five slits, the bottom edge of each decorated and reinforced with whitework needlework and fillings of needlepoint lace or "hollie point." All edges are hemmed with 1/16" hems. Centered beneath middle insertion are red cross stitches with initials "G" above "C" and "I" (probably for CIG), a crown, birds, and the date 1788.
Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, or Britain, 1788
Linen embroidered with linen and silk
Young girls learned to sew and embroider by making samplers. The slits cut into this practice sampler were finished and reinforced with needle lace techniques such as those found at the bottom edges of garment plackets.
Provenance:Provenance: Cora Ginsburg, New York, 1987; The Joan Stephens Collection, Important Samplers and Pictorial Needlework, Sotehby's, New York, Sunday, January 19, 1997 , Lot 2130. This type of needlework was done at the bottom edges of slits on garments, such as the front of men's shirts or ladies' shifts. Given as a gift from Cora Ginsburg to Mrs. Joan Stephens.
Mark(s):Marked "CIG 1788."