Madelena Antiques & Collectables

Antique Sampler, 1810, by Caroline Lawrence

George III, dated 1810. 14.75ins by 11ins wide. 1810, 'The Vanity of Wealth', verse sampler by Caroline Lawrence.

Framed in an old wood frame with gilt slip and glass.

Mounted to conservator standards on acid free card with board backing.

The sampler is worked in silk on linen ground, in cross stitch throughout.

Meandering strawberry border.

Colours greens, white, browns and pink.

Verse entitled,

'THE VANITY OF WEALTH',

reads

'NO more thus brooding o'er yon heap,

With av'rice painful vigils Keep;

Still unenjoy'd the present store.

Still endlefs sighs are breath'd for More,

Oh quit the shadow, Catch the prize,

Which not all India's treasure buys;

To purchas heaven has Gold the Power;

Can gold remove the mortal Hour;

In life can Love be bought with Gold;

Are Friendship's pleasures to be Sold;

No, all that's worth a wish, a Thought,

Fair virtue Gives unbrib'd, unbought.

Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind;

Let nobler views engage thy Mind.'.

Signed and dated

'Caroline Lawrence 1810'.

A scattering of motifs, including flowers,

birds

and a shield.

CONDITION: Generally Good.

A number of small holes.

Some pale patchy staining to the top edge.

No stitch losses.

Colours are all good and strong with no noticeable fading.

Very slight colour run around the green threads.

Neatly and evenly stretched.

Frame in very good condition, ready to hang.


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