Shaker sampler

Mariah Boil American
United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (“Shakers”) American

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Few samplers were made in Shaker communities. This example is a sweet and simple piece of work, finely made and laid out in a clear composition. It illustrates the well-known Shaker mission to produce architecture and decorative arts that were functional but beautiful and that depended on the bare essentials of form for their decorative appeal.

Shaker sampler, Mariah Boil (born 1832), Silk and cotton embroidery on linen/cotton, American, Shaker

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