Additional Information: Rebecca worked this beautiful graphic family register sampler
that records her immediate family. Neatly compartmentalized register and alphabets
centered by a lovely floral border and surmounted with basket of flowers all above the
lowers section displaying houses, trees, birdhouse, birds, and urn of flowers. Rebecca
was the youngest of eleven children born to Augustus Lund and Johanna (Smith) Lund
all from Dunstable, NH which is now Nashua, NH. She married James Underwood
Parker in January 1835 in her hometown. They had six children in 15 years. She died
on October 13, 1897, in Springfield, Massachusetts, having lived a long life of 88 years,
and was buried in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Attributed to the Boston School of “Fishing Lady” Needlework. This needlework displaying an upright couple within an elaborate pastoral landscape featuring animals and flowers; depicted is a man in red coat with horn followed by a running dog, and a lady wearing a pink striped dress carrying floral basket on her head and staff in her hand. The work includes flanking trees, birds and butterflies; a black and white spotted dog, three lambs, and flowering plants, all before a large house on hillock issuing smoke from chimney. LITERATURE: A closely related needlework picture dated 1746, (Winterthur collection), is illustrated in Betty Ring'sGirlhood Embroidery, volume I, page 46, figure 43. Betty mentions another in Historical Society of Old Newbury. (The work remains on original stretcher and is mounted within a period frame that may also be original; some thread thinning and fading, else fine and original; frame: 23 x 17.25”; view: 19.75 x 14”)
Worked in silk threads on a linen ground; inscribed "Mary Casey is my name and with
my needle wrought" [and verse], finely wrought featuring a Newport gambrel-roofed
house having twin chimneys, a brown door and ladies peering from windows…all
withing a garden scene. Also displayed are three alphabets, bands of verse and central
band of stylized trees, flowers and birds, all within a trailing floral vine and saw-tooth
border done in shades of green, blue, yellow, brownish-red, and tan.
This sampler is closely related to a sampler wrought by Mary Emmes in 1764
that is in the Newport Preservation Society collection.
As depicted, scattered thread losses to alphabets and verse, otherwise the work
remains bright and fine. Conservation mounted with a modern Hogarth type frame
having overall dimensions of 16.5” by 23”.
Additional Information: Within the border is a neatly compartmentalized poem
surmounted by a pair of angels and a pair of birds; other birds, plants and floral devises
center the work. The sampler is mounted within an antique frame made of oak.
Condition: Very Good, scattered minor staining to fabric as depicted
Additional Information: The crossbanded mahogany string-inlaid shield form frame
centers a silk embroidered bouquet of flowers tied with bowknot. Lovely, belted vase
and ring-turned standard raised on successful sting-inlaid spider legs continuing to
Antique needlework picture dated 1715 with the initial’s MB depicting the story of David
and Bathsheba in which King David connives to have an adulterous relationship with
Bathsheba and sends her husband Uriah off to battle, arranging his death. Only after
the prophet Nathan related the story of the poor man having his only ewe lamb taken by
a rich man did King David repent his sins. Scattered silk loss limited to outside edges,
else very good; displays well, strong color, competent embroidery.
Worked with silk threads and silk floss on linen
The stylistic format of Martha Pickering’s sampler-featuring a distinctive birdhouse and pyramid-shaped trees-was employed in Portsmouth as early as 1810 and continued to be favored until 1840. Works from this group include the month, day, and year that the sampler was embroidered. A picket fence attaches the house to barn; a single bird is usually perched on the gatepost, and a birdhouse (with chimney) is mounted on a pole elevated above the barns roof; there is a bird perched on the roofs peak. Anotherschool tradition is the use of trees, they are always wrought in odd numbers of one, three, or five, depending on available space based on the width of the sampler; foliage is embroidered cross-stitches. Depicted in this work is a bird atop the center tree. This needlework sampler remains in superb original condition and is archivally mounted within an attractive modern frame. (Frame: 21" x 20"; view: 17.5" x 16.5")
The work remains in good condition with only fading and scattered staining. (Frame: 19.5 x 18 inches; view: 15.5 x 14 inches)
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