Pattern Block, Motif and Alphabet Sampler,

Pattern Block, Motif and Alphabet Sampler,

Initialed FIH, Germany, 1734

Mouse over image to enlarge

sampler size: 10” x 14½” • framed size: 14¼” x 18½” • sold

A certain style of sampler was made in southern Germany in the second quarter of the 18th century and we are pleased to offer this outstanding example from this group. Highly sophisticated blocks of patterns showcasing the stitchers skill dominate these samplers along with large motifs of flower sprigs. Our samplermaker also included an intricate basket of fruit and flowers, two potted fruit trees and little birds. The samplermakers used their initials to sign their work and in this case, the maker used seed pearls to form her initials.

In Samplers from A to Z (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2000), author and curator Pamela A. Parmal publishes a similar sampler, dated 1737, on page 38 and 39, stating, “Continental European samplers such as this German example usually included the alphabet and numbers, but more emphasis was placed on needlework skills than in contemporary British or American examples, which offered a narrower range of patterns and stitches.” Indeed, the alphabets on these samplers take very much of a backseat.

The sampler was worked in silk on linen and is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a 19th century gold leaf frame.


contact us

If you are interested in purchasing this sampler or item, contact us by phone (215.627.7797) or email ( or complete our quick form and we will respond promptly.  If by some chance you do not hear back from us within 24 hours after submitting your message, please get in touch as it means we didn't receive your inquiry. Thank you.