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Eighteenth Century Dutch Sampler

Sampler from The Netherlands, eighteenth century or earlier. Sampler from The Netherlands, eighteenth century or earlier. Courtesy Textile Research Centre, Leiden, acc. no. TRC 2016.1984.

The Textile Research Centre (TRC), Leiden, houses a remarkable sampler (merklap) that dates to the eighteenth century or earlier and is made of linen worked with silk (pulled cross stitch).

The sampler is filled with a wide variety of motifs, including a stepped gable house, men with swords and staffs, trees of various types, flowers (carnations, roses, tulips, daisies) in baskets and vases, birds (peacocks, parrots, doves in a dovecot), men carrying large grapes (Numbers 13:23), very large deer, and so forth.

TRC online catalogue (retrieved 3 October 2016).

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