Ann Williams Sampler
12" x 21" or 16 1/2" x 21 1/4 " including a gorgeous period bird's eye maple frame with a gilt liner. Ann's fantastic sampler features a very realistic rendition of Adam and Eve in the Gar-
den of Eden. The apple tree is very stylized and of course, the serpent is coiled around the trunk of the tree. Under the tree there is an almost lacy looking carnation band. It's actually
She added the usual birds, baskets of fruit, trees, florals and a stag, but a really beautiful element of her sampler is the border. It's actually a triple border. The inner satin stitch border is
made up of alternating square shapes. Next she added an arcaded floral border followed by a sawtooth satin stich border on the outside edge. It really frames her sampler and gives it an
Ann's verse reads:
"Why should I say tis yet too soon
To seek for heaven or think of death
A flower may fade before 'tis noon
And I this day may lose my breath"
She signed her sampler "Ann Williams work
in the 15th year of her age and the year of
our Lord 1837".
The condition of Ann's needlework is good with only a few small holes in the fabric. There are also two medium size holes, both in the bottom border area. There is also an
overall darkening to the fabric, but there are no losses to the silks and the colors are still strong. The sampler has been
mounted on acid-free board.