Early/mid 19th century linen and silk work sampler by Elizabeth Churches aged 8. Though undated, the style of stitch work would indicate this piece dates to c.
This sampler is just stunning with fine quality stitch work throughout, the moreso when one considers Elizabeth was just eight years old when she completed it. The upper section of the linen is stitched in pink with a row of alphabet letters and numbers followed by a row of triangulated letters, both rows underlined with a long stitch triangulated border. There is a deep carnation border beneath the letters with Elizabeth's details and her place of residence - Glastonbury - beneath. The remainder of the linen is stitched with the following verse which is contained within an exquisite meandering rosebud border. VIRTUE's the chiefest beauty of the mind.
The noblest ornament of human kind. Virtue's our safeguard and our guiding star. That stirs up reason when our senses err. True sons of virtue mean repulse disclaim.Nor does their shining honour ever stain. Their glorious minds are so securely great.
They neither swell, nor sink at turns of fate. Virtue's the friend of life, the soul of health. The poor man's comfort and the rich man's wealth.
Virtue has secret charms which most men love. And those that do not love her, yet approve. The linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, slightly darker in places, with several areas of damage. The largest is in the top left corner and a few areas of the damage have resulted in some stitch loss. One is able to see through this that the sampler seems to be sitting directly on backing card.The sampler is behind hand blown 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 good quality mahogany frame which is in good condition with some scratches and scuff marks commensurate with its age. Measures 11 1/4 " x 12 1/2 " (sight size) and 15" x 16" 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 VIRTUE VERSE SAMPLER BY ELIZABETH CHURCHES AGED 8 c. 1835" is in sale since Friday, January 10, 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.