Embroidered Sampler

Maker: Mary Jones

Date: 1795

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Embroidered silk and linen, with gold leaf, on linen

Dimensions: 15 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (38.7 x 33.7 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984

Accession Number: 1984.331.22


This sampler is one of a small group created in Philadelphia during the second half of the eighteenth century. Known as Dresden-work samplers, they are made of white linen decorated with white drawnwork and needlepoint-lace insertions. Unlike most examples, which are entirely white, Mary Jones ornamented her piece with a colorful floral border. A circle of gold leaf inserted behind the central circle of lace further highlights her intricate work.