Early/mid 19th century linen and silk work sampler by Mary Ann Varndell aged 9. Though undated, the style of stitch work would indicate this piece dates to c. This sampler is completely charming with fine q uality stitch work throughout, the moreso when one considers Mary Ann was just nine years old when she completed it. The upper section of the linen is stitched with the following verse which has a tree, floral motif and crown to either side and is then underlined with a deep honeysuckle and rose border which has a bird standing at each end. Wealth may take wings and riches fly away.
But God is a rock that never will decay. Make him thy friend, thy riches and thy store.And then thou needest not value any more. The middle section of the linen is stitched with a central fruit basket which has a bird, flower basket and squirrel to its left and right, each squirrel with a lion below who has a tree and diamond at his side. The lower section of the linen is stitched with a central floral urn with a bird standing to its left and right followed by a floral motif and tree. There is a butterfly above each floral motif whilst each tree has a crown and cross on either side. Mary Ann's details are stitched across the bottom edge then the whole piece is surrounded by a meandering strawberry border which in turn is followed by a cut and draw border. The linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, darker around the edges with the odd small, faint stain.
There is damage to all four corners of the linen which has resulted in some stitch loss to the cut and drawn work. One is able to see through the damage that the sampler has been placed on a backing cloth at some point of time. There is a small area of damage above the word RICHES and the odd, very small barely noticeable hole elsewhere. 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 its seemingly original frame, painted with a bird's eye maple finish. The frame is in good condition with the odd scratch and scuff mark commensurate with its age and some age related losses to the paintwork.
Measures 12 3/4 " x 13" (sight size) and 17 1/4 " x 17 1/2 " 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 SAMPLER ITSELF. The item "EARLY/MID 19TH CENTURY MOTIF & VERSE SAMPLER BY MARY ANN VARNDELL AGE 9 c. 1840" is in sale since Wednesday, October 16, 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.