This is one of the most exciting 18th century samplers I’ve acquired during the last several years. Not only is the needlework fabulously done, but the strong image with its vibrant colors makes it a work of art.

The needlework is exquisitely stitched. There is a remarkable number of complicated stitches that work together to bring forth the motifs and the principal vignette of the house and garden. The house is a delight to look at. Sophie, our embroideress, combined many individual stitches to construct her gray-stoned cottage with six multi-pained windows, a wood-framed door, and a slate-tiled roof. The two trees flanking her cottage show an explosion of leaves that vie for one’s attention. The picket fence surrounding the cottage was stitched in such a fashion that enables the viewer to see the individual wood boards as they wrap around the garden.

When you can tear yourself away from this marvelous vignette, there is still a very well stitched two-stem bouquet of flowers in the top portion of the sampler that underlines her name, Sophia Sargent, in a most pleasing manner. She filled each upper corner with pretty two-handled jardinières filled with flowers. There are two shaped urns with two handles each sprouting one large flower in each to fill the space between her central religious verse and the mesmerizing cottage vignette.

The entire sampler was edged in a scrolling floral border with flowers alternating on each side of the stem and small leaves protruding from each side as well. The flowers are each beautiful within themselves as they are large blossoms edged in different colors to make the individual petals more pronounced.

I have had the sampler professionally conserved and sewed over a padded linen fabric on acid-free board. I did retain the original backing of the sampler because of the hand-written information on it. This wood board held the sampler prior to its removal and stitching on linen. The inscription reads: “Sophia Sargent wrought this sampler in the twelf year of her age in the year of our Lord 1795.”

I have placed the sampler in an antique wood and gilded slip that is attached to a walnut veneer frame. This antique gilded slip is now a beautiful lemon-yellow color with a soft patina. I also used a piece of antique glass in this reframing.

As this was professionally conserved by a textile conservationist, it is in excellent antique condition. This expert has done a marvelous job of sewing this 18th century sampler onto the linen so as to not only conserve and protect it for our generation, but also to make it into a magnificent, enjoyable and frameable piece of antique needlework.

It measures 16 inches square, including the frame.


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Perry-Joyce Fine Arts

18th Century Silkwork Sampler with House and Garden


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    Marleen Joyce Krout
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