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Embroidered Picture (Italy)

This is a Embroidered picture. It is dated 18th century and we acquired it in 2003. Its medium is silk, metal-wrapped silk, glass beads, paper and its technique is raised couched embroidery, beadwork embroidery. It is a part of the Textiles department.

The embroidered samplers in the museum’s collection are some of the most outstanding examples of this type found anywhere in the world. With over 1,000 examples that range from the 17th through the early 20th century, the samplers originate from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, France, Mexico, Great Britain, and the United States.
This sampler is part of an extraordinary gift of more than 40 samplers. The samplers span almost 200 years and are from countries such as England, Germany, Romania, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

This object was donated by William H. Mathers and Myra Mathers. It is credited Gift of Myra and William H. Mathers.

Its dimensions are

17 X 23 in. framed

Cite this object as

Embroidered Picture (Italy); silk, metal-wrapped silk, glass beads, paper; 17 X 23 in. framed; Gift of Myra and William H. Mathers; 2003-14-30

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