Pair of Miniature Motif Samplers
8 1/2" x 8 1/2" or 11 3/4" x 11 3/4"including the frames. One of them is a nice 19th century frame and the other is a nice vintage
frame, both with gilt liners. While not identical, these two elaborate miniature samplers were obviously done by the same stitcher at the same time. They are circa 1820. There are heraldic lions,
peacocks, stags, a tiny castle, trees and lots of florals on each of these two pieces. But the most wonderful thing about these samplers is the verse. It actually starts on the first sampler and
finishes on the second sampler. I have never seen that before! The samplers are stitched on gauze and filled with many more motifs than we would usually see on miniature
pieces. Working on gauze with exceptionally tiny stitches allows the stitcher to include so much more.
Her verse (on both pieces) reads:
"May health and peace
Attend your Days
And glory shine
On all your Ways"
Due to the fact that gauze can be very fragile there are some issues
to the condition on these samplers. While the stitching is almost completely undisturbed, there are some holes in the gauze. The first piece has a large hole in the bottom right corner and the
second piece has one under the heraldic lion. There are other smaller holes, but if you click on the enlarged pictures you should be able get a good idea of the
condition of these two charming samplers. They have both been mounted on acid-free board.
1265 for the pair