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Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century
Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century
Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century
Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century
Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century
Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century
Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century
Large, Vibrant, Framed Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Earlier 20th Century

Material:  Linen, cotton, wood, paper, glass
Colors:  Embroidery Thread & Floss ~ apx. 20 different shades/hues from the following color groups;
            Cream, blue, red, olive, green, pink,  mauve, peach, cinnamon, tan, yellow
            Picture Frame ~ Black & gold
Size:  Length ~ 18 & 1/2 inches,   Width ~ 17 & 3/8 inches,   Depth ~ 3/4 inch
Age:  Earlier 20th century, c. 1940
Label:  Ashford Fine Arts   1321 SW Washington St,   AT 9988
Signature:  Julia Wiemers 1940
Quantity:  1

A charming large, bright earlier 20th century sampler, well executed on natural linen or similar woven cloth, in a manner and style more typically found on 19th century, (and prior) examples.
The design motif includes lots of different flowering pots and urns, all overflowing with a great variety of flora and foliage.  Featuring a delightful verse at center, with an elaborate signature cartouche at lower middle and surrounded by a very pretty morning glory type border.  (Please ignore glass glare/reflection on lower portion of the first, second and last images.)
Interestingly, as mentioned above, the design, style and even the colorway used, (such as the olive floss, for example, a color not typically used in samplers at the time), are suggestive of a earlier period.  The execution of the many various embroidered stitches is really quite accomplished, suggesting an older needleworker, or at least a very skilled embroiderer who adopted a design or example of an earlier era.  Fun to ponder....
I am not a sampler expert by any means, but in researching similar examples I found a design similarity to 19th century and earlier pieces originating in England, Scotland, Denmark and that general western European area.
The text at center, which may be considered a motto, verse, hymn, psalm, or prayer, as traditionally found suggests a moral, spiritual or educational teaching and reads as follows:

She who from heaven expects to gain her end
must by her own efforts herself befriend.

The wretch who mere exceeds a faint desire
goes not half way to what she would acquire.

She that to virtues high reward would rise
must run ye race before she wins ye prize.
 

Julia’s last name is a little difficult to decipher, however I believe it is signed:   Julia Wiemers 1940
Julia Wienners is another possibility, but after doing a rather lengthy online search I find little to no evidence supported this spelling of the surname.
 
The sampler is in exceptionally nice estate condition.  It was obviously cherished and well cared for, with no noted rips, tears, loose threads, weak areas, or damage to the natural colored linen textile.  The colors of the embroidery thread and floss, of which we count approximately twenty different shades and believe to be comprised of cotton and possibly some wool, remain bright and vibrant.  When examining the sampler with a magnifying glass we can see faint hints of the pattern outline that the needle worker followed to complete her design, showing around the edges of the embroidery here and there.  We find no fading from sun exposure and no color running, or other signs of moisture related issues.  The picture fame and glass also remain in very nice condition, with only some slight general wear, as well as some flaking of the black paint/stain, which is mainly to the lower frame edge, plus some slight tears to paper covering back. Overall very good, strong condition.
On my monitor the sampler colors are very well represented in the above images, however please consider all monitors render color a little differently.

Additional Provenance Information:  (**please also review update to this provenance below) This charming 75 year old textile was professionally framed by Ashford Fine Arts, as noted by label on reverse. This establishment was located at 1321 SW Washington St, with phone number: AT 9988.  I mention this because while I can find no specific information regarding the business, and the label does not indicated a state per say, I believe this framing company may have been located here in Portland, Oregon, which is also where the item was acquired. (from the Portland estate of a well known and lifelong textile collector and renowned quilt maker ~ name supplied upon request)
The address noted on the label remains a valid downtown Portland street address today and is located in a historic building constructed in 1906, which would likely have been home to numerous businesses during the period, as it is today. Additionally, the phone number, AT 9988, would also have been appropriate for the area, as the ATlantic exchange was used in Portland and the four numbers following the letters indicated a time period of the 1920s through the 1940s.  Not 100% conclusive, but certainly adds to the probability that this textile originated in the Pacific Northwest / Portland, Oregon area.
Furthermore, I did find online records confirming that a Julia Wiemers, born in Wisconsin shortly after the turn of the 19th century, did in fact live in Portland with her father John (possibly born in Germany) and mother Bertha, born in Switzerland, (note both parents western European ancestry) during the time period in question.  The census records for 1940 show that Julia worked at a department store....possibly downtown Portland, which would have been the center of commerce during the era, and interestingly where Ashford Fine Arts was located.  (World War II ~ 1939 / 1945, forced many women into the workforce and this sampler would be considered a war time example, albeit an early one.)
I find no records indicating that Julia ever married.  If, in fact, it was the above referenced Julia who executed this wonderful embroidered piece, she would have been apx. 31 years old in 1940, which would suggest she likely had some years of needle work experience and thus could execute a sampler with the high level of skill found on this example.  Additionally, it may also lend some explanation to why a sampler completed in 1940 was executed in a design style, colorway and motif more typically found on 19th century samplers.
This charming textile, with such interesting and intriguing aspects, would make a nice addition to any discriminating sampler or textile collection.

** provenance update: We were contacted by Ron Ashford, a relative of Ashford Fine Arts founder Francis (Frank) Ashford.   Ron confirmed that his paternal grandfather Frank, did in fact own and operate Ashford Fine Arts in Portland, Oregon until his death in 1950.  Per Ron, Frank Ashford immigrated from Shepherd’s Bush, London, England to Oregon around the beginning of the 20th century, residing in NE Portland, where Ron later lived, as well.  In the tradition of Frank, Ron also immigrated.  His journey took him to New Zealand where he founded a business as a furniture maker and restorer of antiques.  A link to Ron Ashford’s web site is provided below;  clicking the link will take you to a new web page.

 RoNZwood.webs.com

Large, Vibrant Skillfully Embroidered Sampler, Graphic Appeal, Signed, Dated, Framed, Earlier 20th Century

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