08-14-2016 08-15-2016
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2922M Marlborough
August 14, 2016 10:00AMCalender

Needlework Sampler "Mary Shillaber,"

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2922M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: August 14, 2016 10:00AM


Needlework Sampler "Mary Shillaber," Danvers, Massachusetts, c. 1776, worked in silk threads on a linen background with four lines of alphabet and numbers above a verse reading: "Accept The Call And Turn Unto Thy God/Fear Not The Tyrants Yoke Nor Cruel Rod/The Lord Our Lawgiver Our Judge And King/Shall In The Mount Appear & Succour Bring/Mary Shillaber Her Sampler Aged 14 1776/When This You See Remember Me," with a scene composed of a large central flowering bush flanked by a woman in a red and yellow striped gown and a man in a red faced green military coat, with trees, birds, and animals around the edges, ht. 15, wd. 12 3/4 in.

Literature: This sampler is discussed and illustrated in Betty Ring Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850, Vol. I (Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1993) p. 111, fig. 121.
Estimate $10,000-15,000

Linen is lightly toned and the man's face appears to be incomplete.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


Alfred A. Knopf, Mary Shillaber