Early 19th century linen and silk work sampler by Sarah Linnett aged 8 - 1837. This sampler is just stunning with fine quality stitch work throughout, the moreso when one considers Sarah was just eight years old when she completed it. The upper section of the gauze is stitched with a row of framed alphabet letters which has a central tree beneath with four birds perched on its branches. There is a stag and tree to each side of the central tree with a diamond, carnation urn, fruit basket, crown and bird above and a heart, bird and dog below.The middle section of the linen is stitched with a charming cottage which has a flower, tree basket, floral motifs and flower basket to its left and right. There is an impressive fruit basket beneath the cottage which has a diamond, birds, floral motif, rosebush and hearts on either side. The lower section of the linen is stitched with a central floral edged plaque which contains Sarah's details and the date of 1837 and is then flanked by a gatehouse/folly building, each flying a flag. The whole piece is then surrounded by a meandering floral border. T he linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, slightly darker in places with a few small scattered areas of damage and light puckering.
One is able to see through these areas that the sampler appears to be sitting directly on a backing card. The sampler is behind glass so I'm not able to see the reverse, but the colours of the silks appear good though they are likely to have mellowed to some extent over the years.
There is also some minor bleeding to areas of the green stitch work. The sampler is contained within a late 19th century ebonised frame with gilt detailing. The frame is in good condition with the odd light scratch and scuff mark commensurate with its age.
Measures 12 1/4 " x 14 3/4 " (sight size) and 15 1/4 " x 18" i. PLEASE NOTE - ANY MARKS ETC ON THE PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH I'VE NOT ALREADY MENTIONED ARE FROM THE GLARE AND REFLECTION OF THE GLASS AND NOT ON THE NEEDLEPOINT ITSELF.
The item "EARLY 19TH CENTURY COTTAGE & MOTIF SAMPLER BY SARAH LINNETT AGED 8 1837" is in sale since Thursday, February 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Samplers". The seller is "cockleheart" and is located in Sowerby Bridge. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia.