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Sampler: T.31-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Pictorial band sampler worked in polychrome silks with motifs of animals, flowers, two buildings, a knotgarden, and a Boscobel Oak.

Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, running and cross-stitch. All the edges of the sampler are hemmed. Amongst the conventional repeat border patterns are 'Boxer' figures, the bird and the acorn, the interlacing 'S', and arcaded floral bands. The two large pictorial bands are quite different; the lower one includes part of a building, a male figure, animals, flowers and an oak tree supporting three crowns. The upper band contains a crenellated building and parterre or knot garden.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 59.5 cm
Length: 24 in
Width: 18 cm
Width: 7.1/2 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Circa 1660 CE - Circa 1670 CE


The dominance of double running stitch on this sampler contrasts with the complexities of stitch and technique common on much work of this date.

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Materials used in production

ground Linen
pink, blue, green, yellow, brown Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, running and cross-stitch. All the edges of the sampler are hemmed.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.31-1928
Primary reference Number: 77896
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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