of the Week on 01 November 2011
1836 Solomon's Temple Sampler by Sarah Curtis
1836 Silkwork 'Solomon's Temple' sampler by Sarah Curtis. Framed in an old wood frame with gilt slip and glass. Mounted to conservator standards on acid free card with chipboard backing. The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in a variety of stitches. Meandering strawberry border. Colours light brown, cream, pale blue, pale green, dark brown, black, gold and dark green. Verse reads 'Ah' trust not in your fleeting breath.>Nor call the time your own,>Around you see the scythe of death>Is mowing thousands down.'. Signed and dated 'Sarah Curtis.>Lincoln March 24th.>1836.' A good set of motifs, including Adam & Eve standing either side of the tree of life with a snake coiled around its trunk, birds, flowers, potted flowering plants, stags, fruit baskets, squirrels, fir trees, crowns, houses with a garden, ships, swans, and a motif entitled 'Solomon's Temple'.. CONDITION: Good. A few holes, mostly to the extreme edges. No stains. Stitch losses to the motifs. Colours are all good and strong with no noticeable fading. Very slight colour run around the dark green threads. Neatly and evenly stretched. Frame in very good condition, ready to hang.
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