Early 19th century linen and silk work sampler by Sarah Baldwin aged 10 - 1828. This sampler is just stunning with fine quality stitch work. The upper half of the linen is stitched with three rows of alphabet letters and numbers which has a cherub hovering to the left and right and the following biblical quotation beneath.
Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain. But a woman that feareth the Lord she shall be praised.Give her the fruit of her hands and let hoer works praise her. There is a central flower basket plus bird beneath the quotation which has a female figure standing to its left and right and a pair of birds above. The figures have a fruit tree, lion, carnation urn and tall floral motif at their side, whilst each carnation bloom has a bird in flight and an owl to their left and right. The lower half of the linen is stitched at the centre with an exquisite carnation and rose urn which has a bird above its topmost bloom, a small carnation to his left and right. There is a man and his wife standing on each side of the urn itself with a fruit tree and red lion at their side, a bird above each lion. The side blooms of the central urn are flanked by a small flower basket and a large colourful parrot, each with a tree near their head. There is a delightful narrow single windowed house standing beneath the central floral urn which has a weather vane on its roof with a squirrel and floral motif to its left and right. There are steps leading down from the house with a lawn to both sides which has a sinuous tree growing at each end. A man and his wife are standing next to the tree, the man has a dog at his side, whilst his wife has what I think may be a cow standing next to her.
Each animal has a bird standing in a leafy garland supported by a gold chain above them and a tall tree by their side with a bird perched on top of each. Sarah's details, her place of residence - Pontesbury - and the date of Aug 10th 1828 are stitched across the bottom edge then the whole piece is surrounded by a honeysuckle border. The linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, very slightly darker in places with some white marks which look as though they may be paint or something similar - one example of this is by the head of the right side parrot. There are scattered small areas of damage to the field of the linen and more extensive damage around the edges, some having resulted in stitch loss to the honeysuckle border. One is able to see through these damaged areas that the sampler is placed directly on white card.
There are also a couple of areas of repair work - by the right side cherub and around the bird above the left side red lion below the parrot. 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 bleeding to areas of the stitch work, moreso in the lower section. I also want to mention the black letters in the words. With not being able to see the reverse of the sampler I can't say for certain, but it is my opinion that this stitching has been done at a later date to replace stitch loss.
The sampler is contained within a mid/late 20th century bird's eye maple frame with gilt slip. Both are in good condition with the frame having the odd scratch and scuff mark and a small area of veneer loss on the inner right side which can be seen in the penultimate photo. There is also some minor separation in places to the edges of the veneer where it has come away from the frame. Measures 12 1/4 " x 16" (sight size) and 16 1/4 " x 20" 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 HOUSE, PEOPLE & MOTIF SAMPLER BY SARAH BALDWIN AGED 10 1828" is in sale since Thursday, December 12, 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.