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Rhode Island Needlework Sampler

Auction:
2482
Lot:
40
Sold for:
$5,333$4,500

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2482
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 08, 2009 11:00AM

Description:

Rhode Island Needlework Sampler, "Rebecca Westgate her sampler work'd in her ninth year Octobr 1777," Newport, Rhode Island, area, wrought in silk threads on a linen ground, centered with a mansion and a fence with an intricate gate, flanked by a balanced motif of trees, flowers, animals, and birds, and the inscriptions "Give Firft To God The Prime of Youth/Take For Thy Guide The Word of Truth", and "This needlework of mine may tell/in my youth was learned well/And by my --- also taught not to spend my time for nought;" all enclosed in a geometric flowering vine, (toning, stains, fading), 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 in., in a later molded wood frame.

Literature: This sampler is similar in design to a group of Newport, Rhode Island "Elegant House" samplers. Two similar samplers are illustrated and discussed in Betty Ring's book Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers, Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850 Vol. I., Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1993, pp. 176-77.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Circular light brown stain at center with a light area to the right of the peak of the house, no evidence of stitch losses or repairs.

Keywords

Rhode Island, Rebecca Westgate, Betty Ring, Alfred A. Knopf Inc., Embroidery, Sampler

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