Tuesday, 12 June 2012
One thing is certain - the more you look at samplers, the more samplers you see, the more questions there are! When we looked at samplers a few at a time, which was all we could do when they were far flung and hidden in museums - and somehow had to keep them all in memory, because in those days there were few postcards of them to be had - then our experience was episodic and disjointed. A bit like seeing jigsaw puzzle pieces two or three at a time, but in far-flung locations. Then it seemed that there were many unique designs. When first I saw this piece in the Feller Collection, I gawped. I had seen nothing at all like it from the 17th century. That serpent entwined portico had to be a one-off - not to mention the motely assortment of other motifs. I judged the piece to be some sort of outlier - not part of the regular population of pieces stitched at this time. Only a few months went by and I was proved quite wrong.
Another similar piece existed. This one above was for sale through Meg Andrews - on of my favourite textile dealers. Though the motifs had been removed from their original ground and appliqued on a different ground, there was the same portico, the same huntsman with his hound and the same frog.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 21:30