Needlework Sampler


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Sampler Maker unknown Denmark, circa 1730 Linen, muslin 1994.182.037 - Gift of Lena Flindt Graff


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This sampler was probably stitched by a teenage girl from a prominent Danish family as proof of her proficiency in needlework. When the sampler was framed in 1936, a genealogy was written on the back that traces the family from Johan Budtz, the mayor of Randers, Jutland, in the early seventeenth century, through the twentieth century. The most recent name on the family chart is Lena Flindt (Graff), who donated the sampler to the museum in 1994.


  • Needlework sampler stitched circa 1730.

  • This detail shows the variety of bird, butterflies and plants in the sampler.

  • On the back of the frame, four centuries of family names trace the ownership of the sampler.


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