17th century Whitework sampler of counted embroidery stitches


Extraordinary 17th century whitework embroidery band sampler, most likely the lower portion of an originally much longer piece. Dating from around 1650-1670, this work of art is in exceptionally good condition, free from tears, missing stitches and damage. 6-5/8″ wide by 12-1/4″  high with the narrow modern frame adding half an inch all around.

The upper portion showcases counted work with sections of the ground fabric cut out and filled with needlelace, and raised bands of bullion stitches, the lower portion is all counted stitches with some pulled thread eyelets. The borders are all classic patterns found in modelbuchs of the era, including the beloved satin stitch acorn border.

The condition is excellent; one tiny hole near the center (although it may be simply a pulled spot, as I can’t see any missing ground fabric) and a few scattered spots of darker discoloration. Linen thread on linen fabric, you can readily see the difference in thickness of the thread due to hand spinning. Not examined out of the frame. The frame is modern (probably 1950s-60s) and in generally good shape with a few edge dents and dings but sturdy and ready to hang. Back bears a label “P. E. Howell Collection” which does not turn up in searches.

This is a rare collectible and a marvelous addition to any collection. A signature will be required at delivery.  Shipping will be billed separately for overseas customers.

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