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Dutch Sampler

This lovely sampler is of Dutch origin, most likely from either the province North or South Holland. The farm building in the lower left corner is typical of old farm houses in the Netherlands. The people lived in the front section and the animals in the back. The storks on the roof were considered a good luck symbol. The city of Den Hague has it in their coat of arms. Numerous Dutch samplers have houses on them with the checkerboard path below it. The arbor along the bottom on this sampler has a swan in it but many samplers have a reclining stag in them. The central urn with roses is another motif seen on many Dutch samplers, however the peacocks on this sampler are a bit more unusual.
The sampler is stitched mainly using cross stitch, some tent and some algerian eye. The initials and date are stitched using metallic thread.

Size: 14.5" x 14.5" (37 cm x 37cm)
Thread Count: 40 count (16 thr/cm) linen
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