Whitework Sampler by Unknown Maker
Linen (fiber identification by textile lab)
Gift of an Anonymous Donor
Acc. No. 1971-1658,2
This is a white linen sampler with drawnwork. It features four corner motifs and twelve filling patterns, three rectangles by four.
Label:This nearly square sampler, which bears no inscriptions or marks that can indicate who made the sampler or where or when she completed it, is likely from 18th or 19th-century Italy. It was made by removing most of a ground fabric's warp and weft threads and embroidering on top of the remaining threads. The sampler's 12 different drawnwork designs, as well as its four corner designs, come together to create a visual checkerboard of patterns.
Provenance:Ex coll: Tomlinson, Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Cohen, M. Ida Schiff- Florence, Italy.