Thursday, 17 April 2014

First Edition Modern Embroidery £35 $70 €50 Including Shipping

Another rare and special vintage embroidery book, Modern Embroidery is the historic record of an exhibition of modern embroidery organized by the British Institute of industrial Art at the Victoria &Albert Museum in 1932.
Containing 128 pages, this soft back book of 1933 - over 80 years old! - has full page descriptions of the pieces, including illustrations, and wonderfully pristine hand-mounted colour illustrations.
Of historic interest are panels designed by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
I am sorry this book is now sold.

First Edition Norwegian Knitting Designs £27 $55 €40 Including Shipping

There are later editions of this book from the 60s but this is a first edition of 1952 - so this rare heirloom hard-back book is over 60 years old.
Containing over 60 pages the charted patterns are equally as good for stitching as for knitting.
I am sorry this book is now sold.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Nelson Memorial Sampler @ Auction 20 April 2014

On 30 April Lot 59 at auction at Charles Miller Ltd (Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art) is this early 19th century commemorative Lord Nelson Tribute Sampler. It is stitched on a light green velvet ground within coloured silk laurel border with gilt paper trophy at the top and is mounted within an early 19th-Century gilt frame. Overall measurements are 20½" x 15½" (52cm x 39.5cm)and the sampler comes with an estimate of £300 - £400.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Mexican Samplers from Harvard

Harvard Art Museums have two lovely, colourful Mexican samplers in their collection. I am a great fan of bidirectional band samplers such as the one above, which appear to have been started from both ends, possibly owing to being worked on a rigid frame so that the arm could reach only to the middle while embroidering. The one above is rather special - it incorporates 2 bulls with horns on the left hand side and on either side of the urn at the extreme left hand side are two monkeys - difficult to read if they are spinning or not.
The sampler above has been accorded a dating of 19th century, though I suspected it may be earlier. However, I have just had en email from Sue who assures me this date is typical of type - so I stand corrected. Click here for a 6 page pdf given more information on Mexican samplers. The band designs come from early pattern books of the 16th century, though this is no guarantee that the embroidery dates to that period, only that it is sometime later. To visit these samplers on-line at Harvard, click here.