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Monday, 16 June 2014

Marie Agenon's sampler


    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

Details....


    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

2 comments:

  1. It's neat to see her work 11 years apart. The similarities and changes are fun.

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