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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

1704





Sunshine reveals so much!  After more than a week of gloom here in Wisconsin the sun peeked out this afternoon and I was able to photograph the German band sampler, dated 1704.  It looked quite weak and world weary in the dim light, but studying it in the sunshine today it revealed some amazing motifs, not to mention a silver metallic halo over the lamb's head.  After Mary Bailey, this will be next up on the drafting board.  It will have to be undressed in order to see the unfaded colors on the back.  The framer's label is still intact: THE OLD PRINT SHOP, est 1898, Harry Shaw Newman, specializing in OLD PRINTS and AMERICANA, "Correct framing", regilding, expert restoration of old prints & paintings, 150 Lexington Ave at 30th Street, New York.  My guess is that it was framed in the 1920's.  Any other guesses?

5 comments:

Nicola said...

What size is the sampler Marsha?

C Street Samplerworks said...

Sunlight really does make a big difference. There are so many great motifs and borders in this sampler. I'm glad you're going to chart this one!

Dawn said...

This is beautiful! Looking forward to the chart.
No idea about the date of the frame.

Lisa said...

I love this sampler! I love the faded, muted colors. Will you chart it this way? I usually like the antique look more than the colors in the originals! I guess you will be able to tell more when you undress this one!
Maybe you could do two color charts?

Lelia said...

Oh WOW - I'm speechless. What a marvelous piece.

Dim, rainy, and even some black ice here [this am]

Guess Mother Nature is reminding us who is in charge