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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, […]

Great Collections: September 2019

Great Collections: September 2019

The Fabric of Their Lives: The Albany Institute of History and Art The Albany Institute of History and Art is home to collections that span our country’s formation, including fine art, decorative art, and historic objects gathered from its founding in 1791. Each item has been carefully selected to support the Museum’s overall vision: collecting […]

The Best of Ed Welch – Selling Popcorn and Shoes

The Best of Ed Welch - Selling Popcorn and Shoes

The Best of Ed Welch – Selling Popcorn and Shoes The Business of Doing Business in Antiques By Ed Welch In the early 1970s, I did a lot of business with a dealer who sold Period American Furniture. 90 percent of her stock consisted of “city-made” pieces such as highboys, chests, desks, tilt top tables […]