One of the most exquiste band samplers to be seen at Witney Antiques is from the mid 17th century. It was stitched using silks with intense shades of blue, green and red.
Previously it belonged to Emma-Henrietta Schiff von Suvero an Austrian Jewess. Following a forced sale by the Nazis it was held in what is now the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna unseen for seventy years.
The sampler, together with several others, was featured in a talk given by Joy Jarrat for Antiques TV.
For anyone who has an interest in samplers this is a must watch video (probably more than once).
Witney Anitiques is holding an exhibtion this summer where their extensive collection can be viewed. Please see a previous POST for details.