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Samplers: An Evolution of Purpose & Design

British darning sampler, signed: Frances Boyce/1780, silk on linen, 20 ¹⁄₈ x 20 ¹⁄₈” framed, courtesy www.metmuseum.org

by Melody Amsel-Arieli   Samplers are pieces of fabric worked to demonstrate mastery of ornamental embroidery stitches and motifs. This fine art arose in the late Middle Ages when English nuns and needlework professionals created exquisite, gold and silver-gilt embroidered ecclesiastical and secular textiles. From about 1350, however, their quality declined. Materials became less lavish, […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: English silver tankard, $5,900, Richard Winterton

Gavels 'n' Paddles: English silver tankard, $5,900, Richard Winterton

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: English silver tankard, $5,900, Richard Winterton Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A rare English silver tankard, made in the early 18th century, during the reign of King George I, possibly by the little-known Exeter silversmith Andrew Worth, sold for $5,900 at an auction held March 26-27 by […]