Monday 27 August 2012

18th Century Samplers at Auction

Canterbury Auctions have four 18th samplers for sale at their next auction on 4 and 5 September 2012. The one you see above is Lot 651 and is a Queen Anne band sampler with the inscription: Mary Harmon wrought this in the year 1708. It is worked in coloured silks with bands of stylised floral ornament, alphabet and numbers on a fine linen ground and measures aprroximately 15ins x 8ins and is presently in a 19th Century ebonised and gilt frame. The estimate for this lot is £1,200 - £1,500.
Lot 650 is an Adam and Eve sampler from a private needlework collection. Worked in the reign of George II it is inscribed, Done by Me, Elizabeth Reed Aged of 11 years, June the 21, 1738. It is worked in coloured silks on a coarse linen ground with Verse 8 from Proverbs, Chapter 30. it measures 18ins x 10.5ins and has an estimate of £600 - £800.
Lot 654 is a George II needlework band sampler inscribed: Rachel Wenerill (?) born May the 6th day 1753. it is worked in coloured wools on a coarse linen ground with fruit, flowers, "GR" cipher and reference to Charles Stuart. Measuring 17ins x 9ins, it is in a modern gilt frame and comes with an estimate of £200 - £300.
Lot 661 is the last lot from Canterbury Auctions and is a George III needlework sampler worked by Elizabeth Miles in 1790,using coloured silks with repeating alphabet, numbers and stylised floral border to lower register. It measures 11.75ins x 11.75ins and has an estimate of £120 - £160. Click here to see details of all the Canterbury Auctions samplers in this sale.
The sampler above is lot 627 for sale at Fellows Antiques and Fine Arts Auction on 3 September. It was worked by Mary Coxon, aged 9 years 1765, and measures 13" x 12.25" (33cm x 31cm), with a later frame. It comes with another sampler by Caroline Sayer, aged 14 years 1834, measuring 17" x12.5" and the estimate for this pair is £100 - £150. Click here for more details.

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