A rare early 19th century hand embroidered colonial sampler from Mexico.
A needlework sampler is a type of hand embroidered panel, usually stitched by a young schoolgirl to demonstrate her level of proficiency. The earliest needlework sampler can be traced back to 14th century Egypt but in England, France, Germany and America, where the tradition took root, the apex of their popularity wasn't reached until the 18th century and continued through most of the 19th century. Surprisingly, given the proficient weaving communities in Mexico and throughout much of Latin America, the needlework sampler tradition never gained traction there and consequently, the few surviving examples that exist today are rare and seldom come to market. The example offered here, a Mexican sampler from the first half of the 19th century, features elaborate brocades over a fine linen cloth with a gauze like weave. A double headed Hapsburg eagle, regal lions, a woman with keys and a crown are encircled by inscriptions are surrounded by foliate and geometric patterned borders. Dated 1840.
Dimensions: 28 inches x 42 inches.
Condition notes: period corner repair.
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