Sarah Newbery, England, 1721

Sarah Newbery, England, 1721

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sampler size: 12” x 8½” • framed size: 14” x 10½” • sold

In the deeply revered tradition of 17th and 18th century band samplers, Sarah Newbery stitched this excellent example in 1721 with remarkable precision and a delightful palette that remains true to the original colors, even after all these years. Wonderfully developed, patterned bands such as the palm-like flowers on an undulating stem at the top, a kaleidoscoping graphic repeated across a center band and a double carnation on a snaking blue and white striped vine near the bottom are three bold examples of Sarah’s education and proficiency with a needle. Smaller bands, alphabets and verse comingle to compose her sampler, and family initials and her eyelet-stitched inscription complete it.

Neatly worked in silk on wool, Miss Newbery’s sampler remains in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a 19th century gold frame.

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