I would like to share with you photos of the latest addition to my little sampler collection. Two French samplers, stitched in the 1800's by a girl called ' Marie Agenon'.
Both are stitched in red thread on penelope canvas, the older one from 1888 is stitched on a larger canvas and resembles a typical school sampler. While the second one stitched eleven years later in 1889 is much more fascinating, for one it is worked on very fine canvas with a much thinner thread, Marie also added more motifs, and the name Lucie. Perhaps her second name, or the name of a friend or relation she was visiting.
On the sampler you find the words ' Souvenir de Pagnant', there is a castle called 'Le chateau de Pagnant', it is located in the village of Saint-André-le-Coq in Auvergne.
On the lower, left hand side there is a large motif which resembles the Eiffel tower in Paris. The Eiffel tower was completed in 1889, and it is possible that Marie visited it in Paris.
A little detail I find interesting is how Marie copied some of the elements from her first sampler, like the leafy borders, and a medallion. Even her name is stitched using the same cross stitch font, and obviously her colour choice was identical.
I am of course curious to know more about these samplers, and if anyone has any information about Marie, her descendants do get in contact with me.
|The two samplers from Marie Agenon|
I re-charted some of the borders, alphabets and motif and designed a sampler with it.
The pattern is available here: https://www.etsy.com/no-en/listing/193177397/paris-eiffel-tower-marie-agenon-sampler