Spot sampler; French, 18th century

Spot sampler; French, 18th century

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Description (Brief)
A spot sampler or embroidery, possibly meant for cutting up into small applque pieces? French, Early 18th Century. Silk on Linen. Motifs from 17th Century Bestiaries and Herbals, include lions, rabbits, ducks, dragons, owls, etc; in various scales, in shades of yellows and browns, pinks, blues, with white and black. The frogs Are from Thomas Johnson's "A Book of Beaste, Birds, Flowers, Fruits, Flies and Worms". Counted work; cross stitch. Found in a chateau near Lyon in France with the silk yarns used to stitch it.
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Object Name
spot sampler
Other Terms
Sampler; Late 17th-Early 18th Century
date made
associated dates
1964 06 12 / 1964 06 12
place made
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
linen (overall material)
blue (overall color)
green (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
crimson (overall color)
violet (overall color)
light tan ground (overall color)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
overall: 22 1/2 in x 28 1/8 in; 57.15 cm x 71.4375 cm
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National Museum of American History
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