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Object Name: Sampler
Date: 1792
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Medium: Linen, silk, wool
Dimensions: Overall: 13 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. ( 34.3 x 36.2 cm )
Place made: Europe, Germany
or: The Netherlands
Description: Horizontal rectangular linen sampler worked with various colors of silk floss on a linen ground; contains allegorical and biblical motifs of Adam and Eve surrounded by randomly positioned naturalistic imagery of a house and an oak tree; top border of alphabet and numbers, side and bottom borders of zigzag sawtooth design; stitches include cross, chain.
Credit Line: Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Object Number: 1963.132
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The attribution of this sampler to northern Germany or the Netherlands is based on its many allegorical, biblical and domestic motifs such as a ship; Adam and Eve and the Tree of Life atop a fence; spies of Canaan holding a bunch of grapes; a peacock; parrots; and two angels holding a floral cartouche. These elements are consistent with other known samplers from the region, as are the horizontal retangular shape and alphabet in block lettering on the top border.