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Sampler: T.166-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks (mainly blue and red) in pattern darning and running stitch. One edge has a selvedge the others are either damaged or incomplete. The sampler is mounted on a linen backing. There is a great variety of patterns present on this sampler including a repertoire of 'X' and 'S' interlacing patterns, geometrical motifs and bands as 'spot motifs'.

Legal notes

Given by Professor A.J.B. Wace

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1946-11-01) by Wace, Alan John Bayard


15th century
Circa 1401 CE - Circa 1501 CE


The patterns found on this sampler are very close to those found on fragments of clothing and household linen of a similar date.

Components of the work

Max Length 37 cm Width 30 cm

Materials used in production

ground Linen
red, blue, black, green, yellow, pink, brown Silk

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in pattern darning and running stitch. One edge has a selvedge the others are either damaged or incomplete. The sampler is mounted on a linen backing.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.166-1946
Primary reference Number: 110901
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 July 2020 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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