“A Fruit Basket” American, 1822
This sampler is exceptionally appealing as the composition is quite handsome and the execution is unusually crisp. The samplermaker, Ann Wilson, stitched the finest basket of fruit we have ever seen on a sampler and even, very nicely, labeled it, “A Fruit Basket.” Other motifs and a fine horizontal band of strawberries decorate the sampler beautifully. The border is also formed with strawberries, marching around in tight formation and providing a compelling visual framework.
The sampler is American, but we can’t be certain of Ann’s genealogy as she later picked out the stiches that indicated her age when she worked the sampler – not an uncommon occurrence. The initials, IW and AW, are certainly those of her parents.
The back of the sampler is beautifully worked, as is evident from the photo taken prior to the mounting. Worked in silk on linen, the sampler is in excellent condition. It has been conservation mounted and is in a fine, 19th century paint decorated frame.