Friday 30 July 2010

Samplers at Auction

These two samplers are for auction next week. In case you are wondering how to go about bidding, you first need to register yourself with the auction house to provide proof of identity, so that they know how you are and that you are creditworthy as the auction depends very much on a high degree of trust on all sides. So if you are interested in items, make contact and find out what they need from you in the way of identification so that you can leave a bid on the books. This first sampler is for auction on 3rd August at Roseberry's in London. It is Lot number 858 with an estimate of £150-£250. Finished by Christian Shittler on May 21 1819, it is a pretty in oval format worked with an ode To my ever honoured parents. Surrounding the text are birds, trees and flowers, and all is encircled by a twining oval floral border which is set off to perfection by the verre eglomise frame. It measures 46cm x 43cm approximately.

This George III pattern darned sampler with a central floral basket is very much reminiscent of the Norwich pattern darned samplers and it may be that S.A who worked this sampler in 1812 was from the Norwich area. The piece measures 34cm x 34.5cm and is for auction also on 3 August at Reeman Dansie of Colchester. Lot number 653 it has an estimate of £100-£150.

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