Embroidered silk and linen, with gold leaf, on linen
15 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (38.7 x 33.7 cm)
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984
Not on view
This sampler is one of a small group created in Philadelphia during the second half of the eighteenth century. Known as Dresden-work samplers, they are made of white linen decorated with white drawnwork and needlepoint-lace insertions. Unlike most examples, which are entirely white, Mary Jones ornamented her piece with a colorful floral border. A circle of gold leaf inserted behind the central circle of lace further highlights her intricate work.
Inscription: signed and dated in lower center: Mary Jones / 1795