Antique Scottish Sampler, 1812, by Sarah Pugh Aged 12


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Object Description

Scottish sampler dated 1812 by Sarah Pugh. Worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches. Meandering strawberry border. Colours greens, red, cream, black, silver, browns and yellow. Inscription reads, ‘Virtue alone needs no Defence / The surest guard is innocence’. Signed and dated, ‘Sarah Pugh Aged 12 Years 1812’. A good set of motifs, some finely detailed, including a house, fence and gate, a second building, a sky full of clouds (?), potted flowering plants, fruit baskets, trees, blossoming trees, birds and butterflies. Framed in an old, burr maple frame with gilt slip, airgap, and glass. The sampler is tacked to its original wood stretcher frame. The maple frame is backed with composition board and sealed with tape. Probably Scottish – sourced from a private residence in Perthshire, Scotland, where it had been housed for a very long time.. Dimensions exclude the frame and slip.

Object Condition

Very Good. Three small holes. No stains. Two stitch losses. Three loose threads. Colours all good and strong with no noticeable fading. No colour run. Stretching very slightly uneven. Frame in good condition with burr maple veneer repaired in bottom

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+44 (0)1245 425045
+44 7380 389890

Dealer Location

PO Box 12911

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