Monday 18 July 2011

Quakers & Darners at Bonhams, Knowle * Queen Anne Sampler at Lawrences of Bletchingley * 26 July 2011

After the whirl of last week it's time to look at some interesting samplers up for auction in just over a week's time. Remember to contact the auction houses as soon as possible if you are contemplating bidding. Bonhams at Knowle have some wonderful samplers lined up in their 26th July sale at Knowle. Click here for more details. Lot  270 is an unmistakeable Ackworth School Damask pattern darning sampler worked in black and cream. Signed Mary Coleby and dated 1798 this specimen measures 21cm x 23 cm framed (8" x 9" approx) and carries an estimate of  £1,500 - £2,500
Lot 250 consists of two early 19th century Quaker samplers worked by Hannah Wood at Plaistow School in 1802 and 1800/1801 (see above and below). The one above is finely worked in black silk on linen and framed it measures 22cm x 31cm (9" x 12" approx). Below is an alphabet and moral verse sampler featuring the typographical ligatures of Quaker samplers of this time. It is dated twice and is also worked in black silk on linen, framed it measures 27.5cm x 26.5cm ( 11" x 10" approx) and the estimate for both samplers together is £500 - £700
Above is an image of the Quaker Meeting House at Plaistow which was probably also where classes were held.
Lot 269 above is a late 18th century pattern darned sampler worked in silk on linen. It measures 30cm x 28.5cm (12" x 11" approx) and comes with another sampler entitled 'The Hymn' by Mary Ann Burton, dated 1831 (not shown). The estimate for the pair of samplers together is £250 - £350
Two other beautiful late 18th century pattern darned samplers are also joined in a single lot 277. The one above features 25 squares of different samples of embroidery around a central floral motif and numerous initials, worked in polychrome silk on a silk ground, 34cm square (13" square approx) and it resembles closely another sampler in a private collection. For auction with this sampler is the one below inscribed Susannah Garner, worked in silk on a linen ground. It measures 36cm x 36cm (14" square approx) and together they come with an estimate of  £700 - £900
Lawrences of Bletchingley are also having an auction on 26th July and Lot 1469 is this Queen Anne band sampler, worked in polychrome silks with stylized flowers, alphabet and numerals is signed with Elizabeth Burges and is dated 1701. It measure 20ins x 8ins and shows some fading. It has an estimate of £400 - £600. For more details of this sampler click here.

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