Wool-on-Linen Needlework Sampler
Worked by Mary Ann Boyer, Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania, February 2, 1840
Height 16 1/2 inches, width 17 1/4 inches.
Dunning's Auction, Americana Auction, Elgin, IL, Lot 3103 (on cover of catalogue)
M. Finkel & Daughter
A very similar example wrought by Sarah Ann Dresibach November 18th 1838 is found in Ring, Girlhood Embroidery, Volume II, Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1993, pp. 460-461. Ring cites four known examples from this school, and the present lot would be the fifth known example. Each one was probably worked under the same instructress during a ten-year time period. Each depicted a blue church flanked by a willow tree on the right and a tree with multicolored diamond leaves on the right. Each floral border consists of eight large red flowers with blue daisies. The blue church has yet to be identified. A similar example wrought by Sarah Ann Graffin sold at Christie's, New York, January 19, 2018 Lot 116. A comparable sampler wrought by Sarah Ann Stautler, dated 1838 is found in Home Sweet Home: The House in American Folk Art, p. 37.
C Property from the Estate of a Private Collector
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frame rubbed, scratched, losses
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