Wednesday 31 July 2013

Interesting Norwich and South African Samplers For Auction

Dickins Auctioneers have this interesting atypical Norfolk School sampler for auction on 2nd August. It is Lot 2 and is a silk sampler signed: Jane Meal 1821 with NORWICH worked in the final row of text below.  The texts and alphabets are surrounded by a lush floral border characteristic of this school. It measures into the frame 15 inches x 11 3/4 inches and comes with an estimate of £80 - £120. Click here for more details. Click here to learn more about the Norfolk School samplers.

Provenance Auctions of Cape Town, South Africa have three samplers for auction today. I do hope there is someone there who is doing for South African sampler research what the wonderful Vivien Caughley is doing for New Zealand samplers - I think there is much to learn about samplers taken out to South Africa and samplers made there by colonialists from Britain and the Netherlands. The first Lot 200 shown here is a George III sampler by Martha Green dated 1798. It measures 52cm x 29cm and has an estimate of 1,800 - 2,200 ZAR (about £120 - £150).

Lot 201 is also a George III sampler and is by Ruth Eddington and dated 1800. It measures 42cm x 20cm and has an estimate of 1,000 - 1,500 ZAR (about £66 - £100).

Lot 202 is a Victorian sampler by Eliza Chambers, dated 1840. It measures 26cm x 31cm and has an estimate of 800 - 1,200 ZAR (about £50 - £80). For more details about these three South African samplers, click here.

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