Pair of Miniature Samplers with Biblical Verse,

Pair of Miniature Samplers with Biblical Verse,

England, circa 1860

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sampler size of each: 3¾” x 5¼” • frame size: 6¾” x 8¼” outer measurement • price for the pair: $450 $300

This very finely worked pair of samplers feature biblical verse worked in red silk on delicate white gauze linen. They feature the last verse, 22, from Jeremiah Chapter 8 and the first verse from Chapter 9. Biblical passages were widely used as subject matter for schoolgirl samplermakers, lessons in both morals and needle arts could then be combined. Pamela A. Parmal observes, in Samplers from A to Z (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2000), that memorization of biblical verse provided another facet to the curriculum of school for young ladies.

Worked in silk on gauze linen, these remain in excellent condition, and in their wonderful original decorated frames.

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