This terrific sampler was made by MC in 1819 at the Werk and Leerschool (Work- and Trainingschool) in Amsterdam. This school, founded in 1805, had the progressive believe to educate girls from the lower classes. They would become self supportive. To be able to work as an schooled employee in a household for instance. For a job seeking girls the diploma of this school was the best they could get. Evenmore, their was great demand for them.
So far, most records of this particular school are missing so we do not know who MC, DC or IM were. The last two initials presumably are of MC's parents. We do know, however, the other two initials in the crests with the crows. GR stands for Geertrui Rijnderts, the headteacher and AH, her assistant and daughter that stands for Alida Haring. Alida Haring worked for more than fifty years as a teacher!
The sampler was very finely made with colorful shiny silk on a transparant thin linen. Typical of Amsterdam samplers are the roses in the vase, together with the apple tree, the Dutch Maid with the hat and the Spies of Canaan. Exceptional is the pair of tables with rugs, baskets and birds and the 'hanging stars' plants on top of them. A true diploma of fine needlework!
(Collection Ex Antique Samplers Amsterdam)