Rosalia Quiros, Mexico, circa 1830

Rosalia Quiros, Mexico, circa 1830

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sampler size: 21½” x 22½” • framed size: 24” x 25½” • sold

Sampler and needlework scholar Kathleen Staples has written and curated widely in the field of Spanish and Spanish Colonial samplers. These samplers can feature outstanding needlework often with decorative bands of open-work or drawn-work and other delicate techniques. Regarding Spanish samplers, Ms. Staples writes, “At the time of the conquest of Mexico in 1519 the Spanish monarchy also ruled Germany and controlled the Netherlands. These connections are reflected in … the earliest Spanish and colonial samplers.” 

This is a very large, finely worked and visually commanding Mexican sampler, signed “Rosalia Quiros Acabo este Dechado el dia 5 Febrero,” indicating that Rosalia finished this sampler on February 5. Consistent with the writing of Ms. Staples, some of the bands and designs reflect those known from early German samplers. Notably, metallic threads were used as accents in two of the bands and the reverse of the sampler is just as beautifully worked as the front as documented by a photo taken prior to mounting (shown below). In the overall, there is much about the sampler that demonstrates the remarkably high level of the skill of this maker.

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

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