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Salesman's Sample (France)

This is a Salesman's sample. It is dated late 18th century and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk and its technique is satin and stem stitches with french knots on warp-float plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.



Shells with and without snails appeared frequently in waistcoat designs. The snail that falls outside the black appliquéd ribbon on this sample is perhaps a practice attempt as it has a slightly paler palette than the one next to the exquisitely executed parrot tulip.

This object was bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961). It is credited Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf.

Its dimensions are

H x W (a): 13.5 × 27 cm (5 5/16 × 10 5/8 in.) H x W (b): 9.8 × 24.4 cm (3 7/8 × 9 5/8 in.) H x W (c): 12.2 × 25.6 cm (4 13/16 × 10 1/16 in.)

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Salesman's Sample (France); silk; H x W (a): 13.5 × 27 cm (5 5/16 × 10 5/8 in.) H x W (b): 9.8 × 24.4 cm (3 7/8 × 9 5/8 in.) H x W (c): 12.2 × 25.6 cm (4 13/16 × 10 1/16 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-52-22-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Embroidered and Embellished.

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