Thursday, 17 November 2011

Bonhams Samplers * 23 November 2011 * Edinburgh

There is a delightful set of architectural themed Scottish samplers coming up for auction in November in Glasgow. This first 19th century sampler by Margaret Watson of Linlithgow worked when she was 9 years old is Lot 19 with an estimate of £600 - 800. It features a Georgian style house and garden, the lawn worked in chenille, flanked by parrots and urns issuing flowers, the upper section centred by a cartouche with the words, 'The eyes of the Lord are in every place. beholding the evil and the good', on either side are two octagonal medallions bearing the arms of Linlithgow and the arms of Scotland, all within a uniform stylised foliate border. It measures 31cm wide, 37.5cm high (12" wide, 14.5" high) (Signed to the bottom, Margaret Watson aged 9 years.)
Lot no 20 above is a George IV sampler stitched by Agnes Thomson in 1826. It is worked in coloured silks on a linen ground, centred by an elaborate depiction of a castellated house with letters of the alphabet and those characteristic paired family names and initials - much like Frisian samplers - peacocks and that particular quincunx of flowers issuing from an urn, seal this sampler as Scottish . Framed it measures 53cm wide, 42cm high (20.5" wide, 16.5" high)and has an estimate of £300 - 400.
Janet Young of Glasgow dated her sampler April 22nd 1828. Central is a Tudor style mansion, flanked by images of peacocks, fruit trees, urns issuing flowers, rabbits and bowls of fruit, surmounted by a inspirational stanza, the lower section worked with letters of the alphabet and numbers within a stylized foliate border. it is lot 22 and measures 31.5cm wide, 41cm high (12" wide, 16" high) and comes with an estimate of £600 - 800. For more details click here. Remember you will need to register before you can bid. Allow yourself plenty of time to make the necessary contacts to avoid disappointment. Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. I love those samplers, I lived with my partner many, many years in Scotland, he is Scottish, and now I now how much I miss Scotland, with all this lovely handwork, actions and exhibitions.
    Greetings Johanna