Our stitcher, Emma, possessed skills far beyond her young age of 11 years. The silkwork embroidery in this sampler can hold its own against that of ladies twice her age.
It was done in a combination of stitches to include cross stitches, satin stitch, chain stitches, raised dots, tent stitch and several others. Emma divided her sampler into two main areas for her motifs, while reserving the center for her verse and her name. After her moralistic verse, she signed her work, “Emma Beard Aged 11 Years.”
The most striking motif is, of course, the large brick house with ten windows, two chimney stacks and a pair of large green doors. The windows are each divided so that there are smaller pieces of glass separated by the window moldings. Some have 9 divided lights, while others have four. There is even some checkerboard tile that appears outside the entrance.
Flanked outside this wonderful residence is a picket fence done in black silk with two large trees occupying most of the space nearby. There is one large bird perched atop the fence, while another is flitting above a tree. Below the house is a green line for the grass, which was accomplished with a padded stitch that underlays a long stitch and overlays a satin stitch to achieve its third-dimensional effect. There are flowers and small trees growing in this linear strip of grass. A pair of dogs are there as well, adding to the charm of the whole vignette.
Above the house, Emma placed a large sun with padded dots for the rays and counted cross stitch and satin stitch for the sun itself. In the vignette above her verse, there is another long line suggesting a grassy lawn, but on this Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge command the center. Apples are hanging from the limbs. The serpent is also there, created from a padded stitch so that it is raised around the tree trunk. To our delight, Emma placed an “A” next to Adam, and an “E” next to the figure of Eve. There are tulips and other flowers growing from the bit of grass, as well as two large flowering trees on each side of the scene. A large bird hovers above one of the tulips as a very creatively embroidered sun shines in gold silk above it all.
A wonderful scrolling border winds around her motifs. In each dip of the border a flower shoots out with a pair of leaves emanating from the other side.
This sampler is beguiling in a number of ways and begs the viewer to take in all of the incredible embroidery and excellent placement of her chosen motifs. She created memorable vignettes at both the top and the bottom, showing off her needlework skills in a variety of stitches. She completed this wonderful silkwork on a fine linen ground.
The sampler is housed in an old ebonized, narrow wooden frame. It’s simplicity complements the complicated nature of the sampler very well.
The condition is excellent, especially considering its late 18th/early 19th century age. The linen has age toned to a soft golden color that enhances the sampler’s antique character. There is a small darkened stain on the linen outside the border in only one place. The rest of the sampler has escaped the ravages of some 200 years. The condition of the frame is excellent. The enameling has kept the wood beneath it in excellent condition.
It measures about 13-1/4 inches wide by 17 inches high.
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George III Silkwork Sampler Featuring a Georgian House and Adam and Eve (on reserve for Jean)
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