Monday, 28 July 2014

Muster & Zeichen * Samplers From St Gallen * £65 €100 $180 Including Shipping (Australia and New Zealand $190)

This important reference book and collector's item is the hard backed catalogue of the samplers in the famous textile collection at St Gallen Museum in Switzerland. 299 samplers are documented - many English 17th century samplers from the John Jacoby collection and 4 Vierlande samplers - some are in colour, some in black and white. Descriptions are in German and English.
Here you can see those fabulous Vierlande samplers.

And here are some sample pages for you to see the layout. The book size is approximately 20cm x 30 cm (8" x 12").

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SOLD Rouyer's Most Beautiful Old Motifs and Alphabets * £40 €60 $130 Shipping Included (Australia & New Zealand $140)

Maison Rouyer was very much like Sajou. Famous for its embroidery leporelli - those delightful little concertina pattern books. This book brings together the charts of Rouyer's best designs for you to use.
In new condition, this French-language hardback has 158 pages, which are full of decorative alphabets of all types and sizes for you to use on your special projects
many of these can be stitched just as they are, like samplers, and perhaps made into a stitched pattern book.
Thee are some polychrome designs, so not all monochrome
and many little ditsy motifs
borders and friezes.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Smile on the Face of The Creator - Siva Swaminathan and his Sampler Collection

I first learned of Siva Swaminathan's illness in 2008, just before the Ackworth2008 event. We had scheduled a group to visit his well known sampler collection and Siva phone me up, barely able to speak, saying regretfully the visit would have to be called off that time.
After his sounding so poorly, I was delighted to see him rally for the special dinner we had at Montacute House with Nancie Goodhart. It was hard to believe that any illness could touch this giant of a man with impeccable manners and a great sense of fun. One of the few men at the dinner, he endeared himself to all immediately by sporting a pullover with a large sampler design on the front!
I am glad the world enjoyed his presence for another six years and give thanks for his life - one aspect of which was his assembling of a fine sampler collection. Now the pieces he brought together are to go the way of the clouds; like all collections they form, they come and go, they build and then are dispersed by the winds of time in all directions. Whenever this happens there is a sense of melancholy. Once at home within their own companionship, the scattered pieces will be as the fragments of a mirrored smile on the face of the collector. But they will not be lost. Each will be gathered up once again into another's smile, as shall Siva.
The Siva Swaminathan Collection of Samplers will be auctioned at Dukes of Dorchester on 31 July 2014. To see the catalogue and the samplers, click here.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

SOLD European Textiles in the Keir Collection * £28 €42 $105 Including Shipping (Australia & New Zealand $115)

Originally priced at £75 this hardbacked, jacketed, slip-cased book of 312 pages is in mint condition.
This is a book for serious textile-lovers. Donald King was former Keeper of Textiles at the V&A Museum in London  and was an expert of the old school. His opinion on all matters relating to textiles was always widely sought.
The Keir Collection itself is one of the most widely ranging and comprehensive textile collections gathered together in any country.
There is a chapter relating to embroidered items, but not all items are embroidered and not all images are in colour. Some are in black and white.
These small pattern velvets remind me of the patterns for cross-stitch embroidery in Rosina Furst's embroidery book of 16th century Nuremberg and demonstrates the cross-over of influences as well as the democratization of design and decoration at that time.
The date range of the items in the collection is from the early days of textiles in 4000BCE up to 1800CE.