Some type of samplers are rare, some are very rare. So is this Vierlande sampler worked in 'full color'. I heard of their existence, but never seen one. The sampler looks very different from its black (and red) counterparts of the region. The composition and patterns, like the rosettes, Trees of Life and cherub-heads are nevertheless the same.
The sampler is small (only 35 x 35 cm) and full! It was made by Met(t)a Mundts in 1806. Worked with silk on linen. So far, no trace of Meta Mundts was found in Vierlande. She might have emigrated to the US at some time.
Vierlande, near Hamburg was in Meta's time a wealthy agricultural region with strong traditions. The Vierlande people came originally from Dutch soil. The similarities with some of the Groningen samplers are remarkable, but could just be accidental.
Now, why is this one in color and others are not? It is certainly not an easy first sampler making effort. Was it, at least for this girl, a pre-black sampler exercise? And, are there any other colored Vierlande samplers out here?
Collection Ex Amsterdam