It has been a while since our last post. Margot decided to give up this blog for the moment and I am taking over, with your permission. It will give me the opportunity to elaborate a bit, if needed, on the samplers that are on our regular website or on other sampler affairs. Information can be given and shared easily. I will try to write about interesting matters and at least once a month. Well, ok promised! This one first is about an:
AMSTERDAM SAMPLER COLLECTION
Recently we were able to obtain a collection of Amsterdam samplers . The previous owners made one particular demand, only samplers with the coat of arms of the city were allowed to be part of their collection. It resulted in a remarkable wall of samplers with this one thing in common, but at the same time looking all differently.
As Amsterdam dealers we are always proud to show one or two examples that were made just around the corner, and now suddenly we have several at once! We have put a few them on the website.
A very nice one made in an orphanage is this one by A.Stroomberg 1896. Very small of size and worked completely reversible.
So far, we have found about twenty of this type of samplers, dated over more than one hundred years. Curiously, the younger they get, the finer they become. It was the last piece of needlework the orphan would make, and probably only done by the most talented. As a sort of masterpiece.
Another delightful sampler or merklap was made by AMA in 1798. The girl combined biblical images like the Three Kings, the Ascension of Christ and Joshua and Caleb with more down to earth pattern of the two lanterns!
Please have a look on Ex Antiques for the others. Thank you for looking!