Sale 20FA01 | Lot 240

Silk-Chenille, Metallic Thread and Paper on Linen Pictorial Sampler

Catalogue: Cherished: American Folk Art & Toys from the Estate of a Private Collector

Lot Details

Lot 240
Silk-Chenille, Metallic Thread and Paper on Linen Pictorial Sampler
Worked by Melancia Bowker, Rindge/Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, dated 1817
Probably taught by Betsy Bowker, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. Height 17 inches, width 21 7/8 inches.
Provenance:
Stephen & Carol Huber, Old Saybrook, CT
Gemini Antiques, Oldwick, NJ
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, NH, March 2, 1997, lot 593

Between 1817 and 1821, students in Fitzwilliam and Rindge, New Hampshire used paper-faced ladies in pastoral landscape surrounded by floral borders. There is not evidence of the schoolmistress responsible for these patterns, but she was probably familiar with slightly earlier samplers worked in Leominster and Lancaster, MA. The History of Fitzwilliam names a Betsy Bowker and a Betsy Wright who taught there at an unknown date, and this may refer to Laura Bowker's sister Betsy. This closely resembles a sampler by Laura Bowker 1817 in Ring, Girlhood Embroidery, p 245. Illustrated in the exhibition and book With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery From the Connecticut River Valley, 1740-1840, p. 44 pl. 22.


C Property from the Estate of a Private Collector

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $25,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

nice, bright and fresh colors, a few minor stitch losses, minor browning

frame rubbed, scratched, losses


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Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for $25,000 (includes buyer's premium)

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Cherished: American Folk Art & Toys from the Estate of a Private Collector

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