Happy weekend to you. We have a light dusting of snow this morning which makes me crabby. Off to a good start. The pain is much better though as long as I don't smack the huge shoe into the leg of a cabinet or the stair riser.
When I asked about the works so similar to Mary Antrim's, I received a reply from a sampler enthusiast who is also the owner of several featured in the current exhibit, stating there is a group of similar samplers all made in Burlington County NJ. The Morven Museum in Princeton is showing 151 NJ schoolgirl samplers of 1726-1860 and ends tomorrow the 29th. If you go to their website you can purchase a catalog from the exhibit under the shop tab. In reading an article about the Antrim piece which was sold for the highest price on record for a needlework sampler ($1,070,500), I found there is another needlework scene that sold for a little more. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston purchased View of Boston Common by Hannah Otis (1732-1801), stitched around 1750 for $1,157,500 in 1996. I wonder what the bid would be today, almost 20 years later.
The article said it's a huge piece embroidered in wool and silk on linen. But it's not considered a sampler which is why Antrim is listed as the most expensive.
But Antrim's is also a scene, with some cross stitches in addition to lots of embroidery stitches. What's the difference? I always thought samplers were letters and verse. So what determines classification of needlework? Does it matter? Since I don't plan on spending a million for a beautiful antique, no. But that doesn't mean I'm not curious. Even today, many charts are listed as samplers, but I see a design, not what I would consider a sampler. So what is a sampler? This crab wants to know. I have books on them but I only look at the pictures! Guess I should start reading. Maybe that will be my goal this summer as I sit on my swing, if it ever warms up.
Have a great weekend!