Feast your eyes. Barbara Hutson found this wonderful sampler treasure buried under 61 carpets in an upcoming Sotheby's sale on 10 June 2009 in New York and Sotheby's have let me put it on the blog for you to see. It measures 28" x 18" (71cm x 46cm) and packs no less than 55 designs into that small area. It is probably Swedish, though not certain. And in the top row, which I have enlarged for you, there is a man insouciantly carrying a placard upon which the date 1752 is marked - how original and inspired is that! Click here for full catalogue details.