French Sampler, Initialed CP, 1831

French Sampler, Initialed CP, 1831

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sampler size: 11” square • framed size: 12¾” square • sold

A recent acquisition is this fine sampler, unusual as it was made in France and even more so because of the dedication of the work: an ode to the maker’s father. Inscribed with the initials CP, dated January 1, 1831 and finished with a framework of sweet little leaves, this samplermaker stitched a fine presentation to her father - good wishes for the New Year - a poem, which loosely translates to:

With this picture my father deigns / to accept my offer on this wishful day. / I hope this verse is worthy of pleasing you, / and in it, to trace the features of your kindness, / But in my heart, I uphold the thought that / My greatest concern is to wish for you / a life free of storms. / I offer never ending happiness.

Worked in silk on linen, it remains in excellent condition and has been conservation mounted into a black painted, molded frame.

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