German Sampler (was RE: [HNW] question)
skinner02 at sprynet.com
Sun Nov 20 06:18:20 PST 2005
At the present time, the Bostock sampler is the oldest reliably dated English sampler in known collections. Several of us have looked at a sampler at The Museum of London and although not dated, feel that it is a Tudor sampler, possibly preceding the Bostock sampler.
When looking at the Bostock needlework, I am impressed by my feeling that it is very influenced by European embroidery as well as early modelbuchen examples. The needlewoman certainly had access to luxury materials and sophisticated design sources.
I was always under the impression that its claim to fame (besides some nifty
needlework) was that it was the earliest *dated* sampler, since the date was
sewn into the sampler itself.
There are older samplers, but none of them can be so precisely dated....
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