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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

New York Adam & Eve sampler from Huber
Jane Wayman
Whimsical Adam & Eve sampler
Probably New York dated 1792

Rarely do we see samplers with such a concentration of folksy motifs. This example has one of the most charming renderings of Adam & Eve known. It appears Eve is delightfully overwhelmed as Adam offers her a bouquet of flowers. It is further enhanced with a leaping stag, nineteen birds, eight folksy animals, a huge squirrel, and a monkey sitting in a chair spinning yarn. At the top is a very decorative swag border supported by three winged angles. Many of the motifs indicate a Dutch influence and are found on other New York samplers. The sampler is framed with a flowering vine border.

The sampler is inscribed: IANE WAYMANS WORK NOVEMBER 22, 1792 initaled upper right MT.

Silk on linen; 15 ¾ x 14 ¼ sight.


(Note: An almost identical sampler inscribed: MARY TELFORDS WORK IUNE 24 1790 and initialed upper left IW 90 EW & lower left MT MD has been brought to our attention. Both the Wayman and Telford samplers were discovered in east central New Jersey.)

Adam & Eve sampler from huber
Eve is delighted as Adam presents her with a bouquet of flowers. --------------------------------------"FOR ME!"-----------------------------

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