Antique Sampler, 1779, by Sarah Kaye


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Object Description

1779 Sampler by Sarah Kaye. Worked in silks on unbleached fine linen ground in a variety of stitches including Algerian eye. Meandering strawberry border. Colours green, blue, gold, silver, white, black, cream and red. Verse entitled ‘An Hymn for the Lords Day Evening’ reads, ‘I – Lord how delightful it is to see/ A whole Assembly worship thee/ At once they Sing at once they pray/ They hear of Heaven and learn the way/
II – I have been there and still would go/ It is like a little Heaven below/ Not all my pleasure and my play/ Shall tempt me to forget this Day/
III – O write upon my Memory Lord/ The Txtes and Doctrines of thy word/ that I may break thy Laws no more/ But love thee better than before/. IV – With Thoughts of Christ and Things divine/ Fill up this foolish Heart of mine/ That hoping pardon through his Blood/ I may Lie down and wake with God. Signed ‘Sarah Kaye’ and dated 1779. A wonderful set of motifs, all finely embroidered, including a unique pair of birds, potted flowering plants, spectacular butterflies, bugs, British crowns and coronets, hearts, and lions. Framed in an old wood frame with glass. Mounting: Sampler is taped at the edges and tacked to a wood board. Frame backed with card and sealed.. Dimensions exclude the frame and slip.

Object Condition

Good. A few small holes. Slight atmospheric darkening around the border. No stitch losses. Colours good and strong, the silks bright and glossy. No colour run. Stretching slightly loose, leading to slightly uneven ground. Slightly uneven mounting in the frame, resulting in 5mm of stretcher material showing on either side of the lower quarter of the sampler. Frame showing slight wear but in good condition and ready to hang.

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    W:31.8 x H:39.9 x D:2.5 centimeters
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