The middle section of the linen is stitched at the centre with a pair of crowned cherubs holding a golden circle which has a crown above. There are two birds hovering above the crown, each with a chord in their beak which supports a fleur-de-lys. There is a flower between the two chords with a small star motif to the side of each bird.There is an exquisite spray of roses by the left side cherub and an equally exquisite spray of flowers, oak leaves and acorns by the cherub on the right, a fruit basket to the side of their topmost bloom. The lower section of the linen is stitched with a central floral urn which has two birds standing above, a squirrel beneath its left side flowers and two deer below those on the right. The lower left corner of the linen is stitched with a charming little red house with a floral motif to its left and right, a blue crown above the left side flower. The lower right side corner of the linen is stitched with a recumbent stag lying beneath an arched tree. The whole piece is then surrounded by a strawberry and tulip border.
T he linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, slightly grubby in places with the odd faint stain. There are also several areas of damage along the left side border, a few smaller ones on the other three sides and some small areas of damage to the field. There is more extensive damage running down the right side of the linen through the floral spray down to the left side of the recumbent stag. This damage can be seen on the penultimate photo. The damage enables one to see that the sampler has been placed onto a similar coloured backing cloth at some point of time, probably when the backing board of the frame was replaced at some time in the mid/late 20th century.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. The sampler is contained within a mid 19th century bird's eye maple frame with gilt slip. The frame has some scratches and scuff marks commensurate with its age with some old veneer loss on the top, right and left side edges. Measures 12 1/4 " x 12 1/4 " (sight size) and 15 1/2 " x 15 1/2 ". 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 SAMPLER ITSELF. The item "EARLY 19TH CENTURY FLORAL SPRAY & MOTIF SAMPLER BY MARY ANN WATSON AGE 10 1816" is in sale since Thursday, August 15, 2019. 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.