Dona Oledad Rodrigues 1826/27
A Spanish Sampler
This exquisite Spanish sampler consists of four vertical pattern bands stitched on one piece of fine linen using multicolored silks. The bands demonstrate an astonishing variety of stitches and techniques, all expertly executed, including Aztec, faggot, braid stitch, drawn thread, dove’s eye, cross, double running, and counted satin, to name just a few. In the third panel the word AMOR is stitched three times along a row of hearts, with a key above it.
Apparently the sampler was begun on the 27th of February in 1826, and finished on the 17th of March in 1827.
This is the inscription in the upper part of the fourth panel:
DE LA MANO DE DONA OLEDAD D GUIDO D GUIDO Y RODRIGUES LO ENPESO D LA 27 DE FEBRERO DE 1826 Y LO ACABO EL DIA 17 DE MARSO DE 1827
The sampler appears to have been professionally mounted over acid free material and is in excellent condition apart from some fading. It measures 25″ x 13″.