Saturday, October 31, 2009
My vintage sampler is in my hands at last - Introducing Mary!
Here is a sneak peek at my vintage sampler. After 3 months of careful saving - I was able to pick her up this morning - I am so stoked! She is mine!
I will be contacting the National Gallery for advice on conserving her - I am not concerned at all about the frame - a typical Victorian Mourning style - the dealer believed her to be stitched about 1880, but the name combination exists only once in the past 200 years in the UK - Martha was born in 1831. The sampler states 'Aged 9 Years' - which means it was stitched in 1840 - 169 years ago.
Can you understand why I am so excited?????
I'm not going to post a full picture until I have this charted - it is my intention to do a bit more research, then release a chart to interested parties.
Yes there is some research to do, but she is in my hands now and will be loved. Hubby has already suggested that I stitch a reproduction and hang it side-by-side. We'll see.
There are small holes and tears, some that were clearly darned before it was framed, some newer ones as the linen is disintegrating - which is why I'll be quickly looking into the conservation of this piece. Some of the little motifs are stitched over 1 - hard to show the detail - but here is the ship - most of the colours have faded, but it is still clear to see the blue and the green. More research needed there too....
Join me in a happy dance?
happy happy happy !!!!!
Posted by Bronny at 2:07 PM