Late 19th century sampler by M. Davies aged 11 - 1893. Worked in wool on gauze, this sampler is completely charming with neat stitch work throughout. The upper section of the gauze is stitched at the centre with a cat sitting on a cushion which has tassels at each corner. The cat has a floral motif and rosebush flanked by floral motifs to his left and a floral motif.Butterfly, bird and fruit tree flanked by flowers to his right. The middle section of the gauze is stitched with a central floral spray which has two flags, flowers and a bird above and a fruit basket to either side, a floral urn and flowers beneath each. Davies' details and the date of 1893 are stitched across the bottom edge of the gauze then the whole piece is surrounded by a meandering floral border. The gauze has overall discolouration consistent with its age, slightly darker in places with a small area of damage on the right side edge.
One is able to see through this that the sampler is sitting on clean backing cloth. The sampler is behind glass so I'm not able to see the reverse, but the colours of the wool appear good though they are likely to have mellowed to some extent over the years. There is a small amount of stitch loss to the right side flower above the left side fruit basket, some stitch loss to the lower right corner of the outer floral border and also in the damaged area. The sampler is contained within a good quality 19 th century mahogany frame which has scratches and scuff marks commensurate with its age, some scratches deeper than others, plus a small amount of old veneer loss to each of the top outer corners.
Measures 10 1/4 " x 11 1/4 " (sight size) and 15 1/4 " x 16 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 NEEDLEPOINT ITSELF. The item "LATE 19TH CENTURY CAT ON A CUSHION & MOTIF SAMPLER BY M. DAVIES AGED 11 1893" is in sale since Thursday, May 21, 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.