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Embroidered sampler

Ann Sayres (born 1727)

Date:
1739
Geography:
New England, Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Linen embroidered with silk thread
Dimensions:
Framed: 18 11/16 x 10 9/16 x 1 in. (47.5 x 26.8 x 2.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joel B. Leff Charitable Trust, M. B. and Fannie Finkelstein, and Charles C. Townsend Jr. Gifts, and Gift of Joan G. Hancock, in memory of Frances Burrall Henry, by exchange, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.140
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscriptions (from top): (Three rows of alphabets, followed by seven rows of decorative motifs,) ANN*SAYReS*IS*MY*NA/ME*ANd*WITH*MY*NEEDEL [sic] * I*MADE*/ THe*SAME*ThE*GRASS*IS*GrEEN*THE/ROSE*IS*red*here*IS*MY*
    SAMPLER*/when*I*AM*DEAD*1739*ES*TS*/ IS*eS*AS*/ FS(?)*hS*/ (alphabet).

  • Provenance

    This sampler was bought by Amy Finkel at Christie's South Kensington (London) Sale #9733, Nov. 11, 2003. It was part of the Emma-Henriette Schiff von Suvero (1863-1924) Collection. This collection of decorative arts was formed before her death in 1924, and remained with her family until 1939, when it was confiscated by the Nazis and "sold" to the Staatliche Kunstgewerbemuseum, Vienna (now known as the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst.) The collection remained there until Spring, 2003, when it was rightfully restituted by the Austrian Government to the descendants of Emma-Henriette Schiff von Suvero. They chose to sell it through Christie's in at least two separate sales during Summer and Fall 2003. (See the letter in the file from Christie's, dated March 12, 2004, stating that the consignors of the Schiff von Suvero collection signed a warranty that they were the legal owners of this material.)

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