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Maker:

Leedes, Joyce; maker

Collection:

J.W.L. Glaisher

Category:

embroidery

Name:

sampler

Other Name:

spot motif and band sampler; category

Date:

dated 1675

Period:

third quarter of 17th century

Description(s):

Band sampler worked in polychrome silks with alphabets and dozens of spot motifs including figures, animals (birds, horses, deer, a goat, snail, owl, frog, lion) and a mermaid.
Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, back, satin, eyelet, cross, Montenegrin cross, trellis and detached needle lace stitches. Three edges are finished with buttonhole stitch and there is a selvedge at the top. The sampler consists of two joined pieces. The horizontal bands of inscription are between the upper and lower sections which are densely worked with dozens of small spot motifs. The inscription is made up of two alphabets, the name 'Ioyce Leedes' and the date '8 JUNE 1675'. At the top there is an incomplete alphabet and numerals in rather less structured bands. There is also a small panel with the initials 'IL' at the bottom of the sampler. The larger, upper includes includes a female figure, a mermaid, a male figure, a person on horseback, a reindeer, a couple holding hands, an owl, other birds, smaller animals, insects, and stylized flowers.

Production
Place (legacy):

England, maker, country
English, maker, nationality

Technique(s):

weaving; whole
embroidering; whole; double running, back, satin, eyelet, cross, Montenegrin cross, trellis and detached needle lace stitches

Material(s):

linen; whole; ground
silk; whole; blue, green, pink, red, brown, yellow, white

Technique
Description:

Linen band sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in double running, back, satin, eyelet, cross, Montenegrin cross, trellis and detached needle lace stitches. Three edges are finished with buttonhole stitch and there is a selvedge at the top. The sampler consists of two joined pieces.

Dimension(s):

length, 41.5, cm
width, max, 12.75, cm
length, 16.3/4, in
width, 5.1/4, in

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1928-12-07; Glaisher, J.W.L., Dr

Acquisition Credit:

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Exhibition(s):

English Samplers at the Fitzwilliam. 1984-07-10 - 1984-09-14
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: Octagon Gallery

Documentation:

Humphrey, Carol. 1997. Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks, Samplers.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 32-3
Publ. p. 32, no. 1, illustrated p. 33

Humphrey, Carol. 1984. English Samplers at the Fitzwilliam.Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museump. 10
Publ. Pl. 11, No. 28

Colby, Averil. 1964. Samplers Yesterday and Today.London: B.T. Batsford Ltd.
Publ. fig. 98

Morrall, Andrew. Watts, Melinda. 2008. English Embroidery from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580-1700, 'Twixt Art and Nature.New Haven & London: Yale University Pressp. 158
Publ. p. 158, cited

Accession:

Object Number: T.57-1928
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 110603; input: 2004-11-05; modified: 2013-09-02)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/110603





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