Early 19th century linen and silk work sampler by Sarah Bellars aged 10 - 1801. This sampler is just stunning with fine quality stitch work throughout, the moreso when one considers Sarah was just ten years old when she completed it.
The upper section of the linen is stitched with two rows of alphabet letters and numbers with a bunch of grapes at each end of the first row then all underlined with a deep arcaded rose border. There is a central Tree of Knowledge beneath, complete with entwined serpent and Adam and Eve standing beneath its fruit laden branches. Adam has a rabbit, carnation basket and lion at his side, a tree plus bird above the lion, whilst Eve has a goose, carnation basket and stag beside her, a tree plus bird above the stag. The foliage of the Tree has a cherub hovering to its left and right, a bird in flight below them and a floral motif at their side.
This section of stitch work is then underlined with a row of flowers which has a bunch of grapes at each end. The lower section of the linen is stitched with a central carnation urn which has a bird, floral urn, crown tree and floral motif to its left, and a duck, floral motif, flower basket and floral motif to its right. The following prayer is stitched beneath followed by Sarah's details and the date of January 7 1801.
Let me be wise in youth O Lord that so. I safe may tread the way I ought to go. Lead me and learn me what is right and just. For in thy help my God I place my trust. Sarah's details are underlined with a meandering floral border which has a bunch of grapes at each end, then the whole piece is surrounded by a meandering floral border.
T he linen has overall discolouration consistent with its age, slightly grubby in places with a few very small areas of damage to the field. There are also a couple of areas on the bottom edge and on the both the upper left and right side edges. One is able to see through these that the sampler is sitting on a clean backing cloth. 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 a later 19th century frame which has been painted gold at some point of time. The frame is in good condition with some scratches and small chips commensurate with its age plus age related rubbing which reveals the original colour of the frame beneath - black. Measures 11 1/2 " x 13 1/2 " (sight size) and 15" x 17" 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 19TH CENTURY ADAM & EVE & MOTIF SAMPLER BY SARAH BELLARS AGED 10 1801" is in sale since Wednesday, September 30, 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.