The hopefully never ending list of Middelburg (darning-) samplers had some fresh additions. Lately one could be added by teacher Cornelia van Assendelft 1779 and another by teacher Maria Letellier 1765.
The third one, momentarily on our website Ex Antiques was taught by SS, which stands for Sara Scholtus (1723-1800 Middelburg) I refer to an earlier blog of May 2013 titled Samplers in the Goes Historic Museum.
So far, in total there are only eleven samplers known by this teacher; eight darning samplers and three figurative samplers. Of these eleven ten were signed " by SS". On only one she stated her full name (thank you, thank you!) , the one from 1768 worked by Adriana Dosseyn. The first (darning-) sampler was made in 1763, the last one (a figurative piece) in 1787. This means that the 'production' was less than one sampler in two years. From the 1770's only two examples are known.
However, there are several figurative samplers that have obvious Sara Scholtus influence, but are simply not signed. So probably more samplers were educated by her. Generally, most of the figurative samplers do not have name or initials of the teacher, but some have... Could the girl or parents have a choice in this?
The sampler on our website has it all: four impressive corner darns, extensive pattern darning work, the 'stairs' and a rich variation of patterns, techniques and colors.
AIP 1784 by SS (Sarah Scholtus), Middelburg
(collection Ex Antiques Amsterdam)