Janet Nicoll

Very finely stitched sampler, either Scottish or English, with a very unusual horizontal band of boxers across the top as well as stylized lions and 17th-century type motifs, executed in counted satin and double running stitch: quite an anomaly. A four-sided honeysuckle border conforms more to the date. The sampler is executed in cross, double running, counted satin, and queen stitches. It strikes me as Scottish with the seven-tail-feathered peacocks and the “stacked” trees.

Prepare me Lord for thy right hand
Come the joyful day
Come Death and some celestial band
To bear my soul away.

Excellent color, very good condition (some very minor holes in the linen outside of the border). Apparently, conservation mounted in a period bird’s eye maple veneer frame. Sampler measures 14-1/2″ x 18″, with the frame 18″ x 21-1/2″