Dorotea Sanzen #1

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Dorotea Sanzen #1

1822

Mexican

Description:

While we've labeled this sampler as #1, we actually believe it would have been the second sampler that Dorotea completed. Done in traditional Mexican style, the bands are placed in a square formation. This is a complicated approach to samplers and would not have been done by a novice. In order to make the square pattern work out correctly, the stitcher must compensate, and the compensations done on this piece are excellent. For example, in some cases there are half and even quarter stitches to make the pattern work out. The patterns of the bands are also quite complex.

Many Spanish and Mexican girl's schools were run by nuns, leading to the common use of religious themes specific to the Catholic Church. It is quite unusual to have as much personalization; signatures were uncommon. Dorotea filled in the central square containing her signature with a few symmetrically placed spot motifs, including chairs, hearts, and a floral urn.

Size (W x H): 16 3/8 x 16 3/4 inches

Stitches: Cross, satin

Media: Silk on linen

Genealogy:

We've looked with no success during the correct time frame.

Verse:

ME HIZO DOROTEA
SANZEN CASA DE SU
MTR DONA MARIA
COLLER SEACABO

VIVA IHS MARI
Y JOSE

DIA 18 D JUN10 DEL
ANO De 1822

Translation:
It was made by me Dorotea
Sanzen (in/at) House of her
mother Dona Maria
Coller The End

Long Live IHS (In hoc santus means in this holy place) Mary and Joseph

Done 18 day June 10 in the year 1822

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