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Sampler: T.1-1956

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Sampler embroidered with polychrome silks, covered with motifs , both naturalistic and inscriptions, including lower vases, sprays, trees, kiosks, a jug and a boat, flowers sprays and Arabic verses.

Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, compound double running, eyelet and single faggot stitch. Two edges are hemmed and there is a selvedge at the top and bottom. The sampler is covered with motifs, and the work can be divided into two distinctive categories, one of lightly stitched randomly placed motifs, the other heavier work depicting naturalistic motifs, corner and band patterns and a largely indecipherable inscription. The light, linear motifs include flower vases, sprays, trees, kiosks, a jug and a boat as well as imported Western European patterns such as the beribboned flower sprays. Amongst the other more densely worked traditional patterns, such as the confronting parrots and the asymmetric flower motifs, various non-Ottoman elements have been incorporated, for example the small-scale rosebud border repeat patterns and a tree trunk apparently sprouting acorns.


History note: Unknown before previous owner

Legal notes

Purchased from Professor and Mrs A.J.B. Wace

Measurements and weight

Length: 85.5 cm
Length: 34.1/2 in
Width: 44.5 cm
Width: 17 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1956-03-01) by Wace, A. J. B., Professor and Mrs


18th century
After 1700 CE - Before 1800 1800 CE


The sampler is possibly the work of two individuals

Materials used in production

polychrome Silk Linen

Techniques used in production

Weaving : Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, compound double running, eyelet and single faggot stitch. Two edges are hemmed and there is a selvedge at the top and bottom.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.1-1956
Primary reference Number: 110917
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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