Sometimes there are amazing things that come up on auction and you just have to throw your hat in the ring to see if you can grab it. Unfortunately, I lost all of these lovelies (which made me sad) but the prices were just above what I could do (wouldn't it be lovely to be able to spend the gas, house, car, insurance, etc. money on these things!!).
The first is a 17th century whitework sampler that was being sold by Fryer & Brown. This one has the well known band of a woman and man at the top that has been found in some earlier pattern books. It is not clear if this had been cut from a larger finished or unfinished sampler, as has happened many times. There are more pictures on the auction site.
The second loss is an amazing sampler (it went for over $20,000) wrought by a Quaker girl. This sampler was an unknown piece in a grouping that Lynne Anderson has been studying and so it is a gem not only because of its beauty but that it adds to the considerable story she has been building. (I am awaiting the book!). It is a match to several of my favorite samplers, including the match in the MFA Boston collection. There has been scant work on English Samplers and so any work is a major contribution to identify the history of how these pieces came to be and their teachers. Check out the pictures with details on the auction site.