Anathusia Nye, Roxbury,

Anathusia Nye, Roxbury,

New Hampshire, 1820

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sampler size: 13¼” x 16¼” • framed size: 15½” x 18½” • price: $2700

Subtle but adeptly, fully stitched, our samplermaker inscribed her sampler: “Wrought in Roxbury June 1820 / by Anathusia Nye born May 7th / 1806 aged 14.” Anathusia/Arthusa/Arathusa Nye was indeed born in New Hampshire in 1806. Little is known about our samplermaker, though records indicate that she never married, and later in life she moved to Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire where she was employed as a housekeeper. She died in 1871.

Anathusia’s beautifully worked sampler displays a classic composition and a delicate quality, specifically in the flowering border. She incorporated a variety of stitches – satin stitch, eyelet, queen’s stitch, chain stitch, etc. – and a lovely pallet of soft blues, greens, pinks and ivories. An image of the back (below) reveals that the color was mildly stronger, but, interestingly, Miss Nye’s inscription was never much more contrasting.

Worked in silk on linen, this sampler remains in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted into a molded, painted frame.

(image of the reverse of the sampler)

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