15 3/4" x 18 3/4". 20 1/4" x 23 1/4 " including a possibly original frame. This wonderful and very early sampler is typically Dutch in every way. The stately reclining stag that is a focal
point in the center of the sampler is a motif frequently seen on needlework from the Netherlands. The house with the stairstep roof is typical of the houses we still see in Amsterdam today.
The "spies of canaan", the crowned lady (queen?) in the striped skirt, the florals, the chairs, the gentleman carrying two buckets
are all motifs that we associate with Dutch samplers.
The scene at the top of the sampler is particularly lovely. There is the crowned lady surrounded by a fence, with flowers and two really beautiful and regal peacocks. Inter-
estingly, there is another totally different type of peacock motif near the date of the sampler. It is, of course, dated 1781. There are also birds, windmills, a basket of fruit, a
couple of owls, and two more small figures near the house.
The condition of this beautiful sampler is quite good. There
are no holes in the fabric and the silks are still vibrant. There is no bleeding and no losses to the silk. There are, however, several light spots on the sampler. I believe these to be the
result of someone attempting to clean the sampler with a harsh soap or chemical, but while they are noticable, the fabric is still strong and undamaged. The frame is missing a bit of veneer
in the upper corners. The sampler has been mounted on acid-free board. $2150.00