November 21, 2019

Door mijn gedaan; Done by me …

in one century, about 125 Middelburg girls taught by more than twenty teachers...

October 12, 2018

It might be too early for Holy Thursday, but this image of the Last Supper I simply wanted to share with you now. It is an rather unique pattern found on a 1755 band sampler.

The girl (ADK?) added some other biblical stories. For instance an angel without the flaming sw...

January 3, 2018

Look at this: one of the oldest dated Dutch samplers around! The sampler was finished by Maertghin Cornelis in 1638. Only a handfull of Dutch samplers are dated earlier than this one. The sampler is part of one of the more important groups of Dutch samplers: the Broek-...

February 18, 2017

Finally, after more than a decade we can add a previously unknown piece to the Broek in Waterland group of samplers. The samplers coming from this petite village are among the most remarkable and most important samplers ever produced in the Netherlands.

The sampler was...

February 18, 2017

This fine Dutch darning sampler was hiding some interesting history. It was made by Catharina van Erven in 1831, a shoemakers daughter. She wrought her full name and put plenty of initials of possible family on her piece.To 'read' the sampler, the bottom row of initial...

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