Very small early 19th century linen and wool work sampler c. I will begin by saying that this appears to be part of what was once a larger sampler. The field of the linen is surrounded by strips of border pattern, worked on the same linen, which have been neatly sewn around the edges.It may well be that the original, larger sampler was badly damaged or unfinished and this section was rescued and made into a smaller sampler. I opt for the latter possibility as the stitching on the top of the fruit suggests to me that the leaves have been added but not the fruit.
We will never know, but notwithstanding, this is a delightful piece of needlework with fine quality stitch work throughout. The centre of the linen is stitched with a large fruit basket with a small motif worked in each of the four corners. There is also a small area of stitch work to the right side of the basket itself which looks like part of a small flower basket. The whole piece is then surrounded by a red swirling border. The linen in both the field and border areas has overall discolouration consistent with its age, quite dark.
The sampler is behind glass so I'm not able to see the reverse, but the colours of the thread appear good though they are likely to have mellowed to some extent over the years. There are also a few stitches missing in the lower left corner of the edging border. The sampler is contained within an early/mid 19th century rosewood frame which has a good rich colour with the odd light scratch and scuff mark commensurate with its age. " x 5" (sight size) and 9.
" x 8" including the frame. PLEASE NOTE - ANY MARKS ETC ON THE PHOTOS WHICH I'VE NOT ALREADY MENTIONED ARE FROM THE GLARE AND REFLECTION OF THE GLASS AND NOT ON THE SAMPLER ITSELF. The item "VERY SMALL EARLY 19TH CENTURY FRUIT BASKET SAMPLER c.
1830" is in sale since Sunday, October 21, 2018. 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.