Pictorial Sampler,

Pictorial Sampler,

 Initialed LS, France, 1851

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sampler size: 17¾” x 21” • framed size: 19¾” x 23" • price: $1100

This lovely colorful pink, yellow and white sampler features a plethora of religious symbolism throughout and shares characteristics with other samplers made in France in the 19th century. It appears similar to the 1822 sampler by Brigitte Colombaut from Tarascon, France, published in Patterns and motifs: stitched and ornamented on textile ground by Ann Wanner-JeanRichard, containing many of the same motifs, as well as a similar layout including a fully adorned altar at center (St. Gallen: 1996). This sampler’s altar supports six burning candles, floral arrangements and a highly decorative cross at center.

Below appear animals, another cross, a monstrance and bells. Throughout the rest of the sampler appear candelabra, baskets filled with hearts and a chalice, among other symbols.

Another similar sampler was made by Miete Cheilan during her Catholic school education and featured in Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Clare Browne and Jennifer Wearden, Plate 91, London: 1999). No doubt, our sampler was also made in a similar Catholic school setting.

The simple zigzag border, embellished with flowers, sets up a striking composition. The sampler is decorated with the initials “LS” and the date “1851” near the bottom at center. Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition, conservation mounted into a molded and painted frame.

Reverse of sampler

 

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