Ann Reed,

Ann Reed,

England, 1802

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sampler size: 15¼” x 12¾” • frame size: 17¼” x 14¾” • sold

While many English girls portrayed buildings on their samplers, few stitched as impressive and detailed a building as did Ann Reed on her outstanding sampler which is dated 1802. Every window has mullions and is surmounted by lintels, the door has its knocker and knob and the chimneys are topped by chimney caps. A black iron bell hangs in the bell tower and the weathervane sits above, quite charmingly with its East and West designations backwards, as if the wind has just blown it around. A pair of angels, classic sampler motifs, floats above, almost as a benediction. Ann also worked many animals, flowers, trees and baskets with great detail, producing a sampler with enormous appeal.

Worked in silk on wool, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a fine period carved and painted frame.



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