A TV programme about samplers


One of the most exquisite 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 Jarrett 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 exhibition this summer where their extensive collection can be viewed. Please see a previous POST for details.




Now While My Hands Are Thus Employed – Three Centuries of Historic Samplers



To coincide with the London season of fine art and antique fairs commencing 24th June – July 7th 2016, WITNEY ANTIQUES have decided to hold an exhibition of historic samplers in their Oxfordshire showrooms and extend to all a warm welcome.
The exhibition will run from:
Sunday June 26th 2-5 pm and Monday June 27th to July 17th 2016 from 10am – 5pm daily.

‘ Now While My Hands Are Thus Employed’
Three Centuries of Historic Samplers

A full colour catalogue illustrating around fifty samplers will be available from June 1st 2016.
Many of these historic pieces are from private collections and all will be for sale.
The exhibition will cut across all levels of society embracing both the affluent and the poor and stands as a testament to the skill and perseverance of the young and their talented teachers. Whether worked with a view to future employment, for pleasure or in order to be the mistress of a large household, they illuminate the lives of girls and young women going back over 300 years.
Their stock of rare 17th Century embroidery will also be on view.
Admission is free. For those of us attending The Feller Tour on July 6th a visit to the exhibition could easily be combined.


Witney Antiques have changed their email address to specialist@witneyantiques.com