1735 German band sampler with figures, alphabets & borders

Dated 1735, this is a German sampler in the less-common square shape– most of this type and age in my collection are longer strip samplers. It’s a wonderful mix of fanciful motifs including the figures of a man and woman in traditional dress, birds (the parrot is larger than the people!), a stag, alphabets and numerous intricate borders. Many of the border patterns are classics that date back to lace patterns published in the late 1500s. Handspun silk thread on linen. The date is in the floral cartouche at the upper right corner– it’s upside down in relation to most of the sampler, as is the stag.

For nearly 300 years old, the condition is quite good. Despite the numerous holes and worn areas, the linen is still quite sturdy and not as fragile as it may appear. Once framed with matching linen underneath the holes will be much less noticeable. The silk has held its colors well and features a particularly pretty blue-green shade and a berry red.

The sampler measures 10″ wide by 10-3/4″ high. It is unframed and will be shipped rolled in acid-free paper in a tube. Shipping is included in the price. A signature will be required for delivery. SOLD