The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has a few paintings of famous Old Masters, but more important, it also has a relatively small collection of samplers. Strangely, in regard to collecting, the samplers never had a priority. In textiles, the museum has been focused on early laces and damask (as can be seen on those Old Masters paintings!) The good news is that, apparently, the lace collection will go on-line soon, and hopefully the 130 or so samplers will be included.
One of the highlights of the rather small but striking darningsampler collection would be the one underneath made in 1750. It was already added to the museum collection in 1885!
With the four round lace insertions in the 'corners' of the massive middle darn, provenance could point to either Friesland or Amsterdam. The lacework in the 1750's in Friesland though was more intricate and square of shape, so Amsterdam would be more likely.
This sampler has it all, just look at the minute details the girl worked. Along four borders tiny silk picots, a three double open hem, French knots, of course the extensive the pattern- and darningwork and some more open work. All was done with silk on cotton by DT (?), aged 12 years (outt 12I) . A true (young-) Master!
DT , 1750 Netherlands, Amsterdam(?), 48 48 cm (collection Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)