Cod. 531
Hemp cloth. This strip-type of sampler is characteristic of the European production since the Seventeenth century, especially in Great Britain and in Germany. The embroideries are worked with blue, red, white, yellow, brown and orange cotton threads. The embroidery employs cross stitch and petit point. The sampler does not have alphabets or other motives used to mark domestic linens; instead, with bright colours, are represented a three-masts sailing vessel flying red, white and blue flags (the colours of the flag of the Low Countries) and a sailing boat at the horizon. At the borders there is a geometric frame with a Greek key pattern and, in the lower part, are embroidered rampant lions, symbols of the liberation of the United Provinces of the Low Countries. In Seventeenth century pieces the lions used to brandish a sword. On the lower border there is a fringe. The central motif finds inspiration in the large quantity of designs that, since the first half of the Nineteenth century, were created and marketed ready to create simple embroideries for domestic use; tapestry panels, small decorative pictures, pillows and so on, to be realized almost exclusively with cross stitch.
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