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Embroidery After Thomas Lawrence’s 1794 Portrait of Sarah Goodin Barrett Moulton, AKA Pinkie
Anonymous, likely circa 1800-18601 (Frame: 3 7/8 by 4 7/7"; needlework: 2 1/8 by 3 1/8”)
Silk on linen laid on paper centered by embossed foil border2 mounted within a period frame3 - SOLD


Embroidery After Thomas Lawrence’s 1794 Portrait of Sarah Goodin Barrett Moulton, AKA Pinkie, entire view

The original portrait hangs in the permanent collection of the Huntington Library at San Marino, California.
The painting is an elegant depiction of Sarah Moulton, who sat for the painting at about eleven years of
age. Sarah was born on 22 March 1783, in Little River, St. James, Jamaica…the only daughter and eldest
child of Charles Moulton, and his wife Elizabeth. Sarah was baptized 29 May 1783, bearing the names
Sarah Goodin Barrett in honor of her aunt, Sarah Goodin Barrett, who died as an infant in 1781. She was a
descendant of Hersey Barrett, who had arrived in Jamaica in 1655 with Sir William Penn; by 1783, the
Barrett’s were wealthy landowners, slave owners, and exporters of sugar cane and rum. Within the family
she was known as Pinkie or Pinkey.

By the time Sarah was six, her father had left the family, her mother was left to raise the children, Sarah
and her brothers Edward (1785–1857) and Samuel (1787–1837), with the help of her relatives. In
September 1792, Sarah and her brothers sailed to England for a better education. Sarah was sent to Mrs.
Fenwick's school at Flint House, Greenwich, along with other children from Jamaican colonial families. On
16 November 1793 Sarah's grandmother, Judith Barrett, wrote from Jamaica to her niece Elizabeth Barrett
Williams, then living on Richmond Hill in Surrey, asking her to commission a portrait of 'my dear little Pinkey
… as I cannot gratify my self [sic] with the Original, I must beg the favour of you to have her picture drawn
at full length by one of the best Masters, in an easy Careless attitude'.
Sarah probably began sitting for
Lawrence, painter-in-ordinary to George III, at his studio in Old Bond Street soon after the receipt of this
letter on 11 February 1794.

One year later, on 23 April 1795, Sarah died at Greenwich, aged 12. A letter from her grandmother, dated 6
November 1794, mentions her recent recovery from a cough, which may have contributed to her death.
She was buried on 30 April 1795 in the doctor's vault under the parish church of St Alfege, Greenwich.

Her portrait by Lawrence was displayed in the Royal Academy exhibition of 1795, which opened the day
after her burial. The picture remained in the family's possession until 1910.

1 We have looked for similar works with no success; not sure if it is unique, a pastime
or a souvenir.
2 The foil is under beveled matt
3 Frame is of eastern white pine, original paint, original rabbet size

SOLD

1072-51




Eighteenth Century Bed Valance Side Panel, Silk Embroidery on Linen Hanging
A Wedding Piece Featuring Bride and Groom - SOLD


Eighteenth Century Bed Valance Side Panel, Silk Embroidery on Linen Hanging A Wedding Piece Featuring Bride and Groom, entire view

Measurement: Mount: 77.5" x 12.75"; Vallance: 74.25" x 10.25"

Material: Wool thread on linen

Condition: Scattered light staining else very good

Additional Information: Crewelwork panel by unknown maker, the panel with tasseled
hem probably a valance from a set of bed hangings, worked in polychrome wool yarns
on linen in a floral and bird motif featuring a full-length man and woman.

SOLD

479-24




Embroidery, Silk on Silk Floral Needlework - SOLD


Antique Embroidery, Floral Needlework, Silk on Silk, close up view

19th Century American polychrome needlework in excellent condition
Dimensions: 28.25 by 24-inches.

SOLD

413-1




17th Century Tent Stich Embroidery,
QUEEN of SHEBA visiting KING SOLOMON
English, Circa 1660
Silk, pearls, braids and metallic thread on linen; 16 1/8" x 20 1/4" framed - SOLD


17th Century Tent Stich Embroidery,
QUEEN of SHEBA visiting KING SOLOMON
English, Circa 1660, entire view

This fine tent-stitch picture depicts the Queen of Sheba (now the country of Yemen) visiting King Solomon: circa 1000 BCE and was worked in England around 1660. Executed with variety of colored silk threads in extremely fine tent-stitch; selvedge features twisted metallic thread…the piece is representative of the finest needlework of the period. According to the Bible, the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon: in Jerusalem to observe the splendor of his new temple and test his famed wisdom with hard philosophical questions and riddles. During Solomon’s reign this type of quizzing was fashionable entertainment among the elite. Solomon: was known as the great solver of riddles and it is likely that the Queen of Sheba also shared his passion.
(Generally excellent condition, couple small losses at extreme edges)

324-46 - SOLD




Sampler, Embroidered Needlework, Massachusetts
House Sampler, Animals, People, Birds, Verse
Elizabeth Walker, Barre, Massachusetts, August 6 1808
Lovely, neatly wrought; good color and clean
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested - SOLD


Antique Sampler, Embroidered, Barre Massachusetts, 1808, entire view

(Frame: 20.25 by 20.25"; view: 17.25 by 17.25")

593-61 - SOLD




Embroidery, Silk on Linen Canvas-work, Shepherdess Seated in Landscape
England, circa 1740; possibly earlier
Satin floss worked with silk threads worked in a fine variety of stitches - SOLD


Antique Silk Embroidery on Linen of Shepherdess Seated in Landscape, English, Circa 1740, close up view

The seated shepherdess holds a crook in one hand, a flower in the other; she is centered by flora and fauna including birds, snail, her dog; sheep, flowers, trees, and a sun-face dipping below clouds. The work is sealed within a japanned fame having the collectors’ label of Ria Ponsonby (born Victoria Lily Hegan Kennard [1874-1955], daughter of Colonel Hegan Kennard) who married Frederick Ponsonby, 1st Baron Synsonby 17 May, 1899. Ponsonby was private secretary to Queen Victoria and later Edward VII. (The work is in very good condition; some scattered gesso loss to gilt frame liner. Frame: 15 by 12”, sight-size: 12.5 by 9.5”)

1032-124 - SOLD




Embroidery, Silk Embroidery on Laid Paper, Girl with Birds, Treed Landscape
Anonymous, 18th or Early 19th Century
A charming young ladies effort - SOLD


Antique Embroidery, Girl with Birds, Silk on Paper, 18th or 19th Century, entire view

(Good condition; mounted within period painted frame; frame: 10.75 by 9", sight-size: 8.5 by 6.75")

1032-127 - SOLD




Applique and Embroidery Still Life, Fruits and Birds
Probably English
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Still Life, Applique and Embroidery, close up view

Birds, baskets of cherries and strawberries; grapes, pineapple, melon and other fruits worked in cut and applied wool with embroidered detail. (The period frame measures 23 by 19.25"; view: 20.5 by 16.75")

384-48 - SOLD




Needlework, The Story of Abraham
England
18th Century English Canvas Work
Wool on canvas - SOLD


Antique Needlework, The Story of Abraham, Silk on Linen, close up view

This anonymous work is most likely copied form a print source and tells the story of Abraham. He is depicted in the center with Hagar, his wife's handmaiden, by who he fathered the child Ishmael (Sarah's idea) who she is holding by the hand. Sarah, his wife, standing under the tent holding her son Isaac by the hand, waves them aside. Banished to the desert Hagar is seen praying while Ishmael sleeps, and the angel of the Lord points to a well.

The scene includes numerous 17th century emblematic birds and insects. A pond with fish and birds and the ubiquitous castle complete the image.
(16.75 by 20.75" sight-size, 22.5 by 26.5" frame)

324-44 - SOLD




Silk Embroidery, Shepherd and Shepherdess and Lady
Worked by Rebecca Green Butler
Connecticut, Circa 1800 to 1810 - SOLD


Antique Embroidery, Silk, Shepherd and Shepherdess, by Rebecca Green Butler, close up view

Silk on silk embroidery worked using a wide variety of stitches. Although the faces are worn the needlework is exquisite.
Dimensions: 16 by 17-inch sight size, add 2.5-inches for frame.
Genealogy available.

903-4 - SOLD




Eighteenth Century Bed Valance Side Panel, Silk Embroidery on Linen Hanging
A Wedding Piece Featuring Bride and Groom - SOLD


Eighteenth Century Bed Valance Side Panel, Silk Embroidery on Linen Hanging A Wedding Piece Featuring Bride and Groom, entire view

Measurement: Mount: 77.5" x 12.75"; Vallance: 74.25" x 10.25"

Material: Wool thread on linen

Condition: Scattered light staining else very good

Additional Information: Crewelwork panel by unknown maker, the panel with tasseled
hem probably a valance from a set of bed hangings, worked in polychrome wool yarns
on linen in a floral and bird motif featuring a full-length man and woman.

SOLD

479-24




Wallet, Embroidered Metallic Thread,
Thomas Revell
Date/Period: 1728 - SOLD


Wallet, Embroidered Metallic Thread, Thomas Revell, entire view

Measurement: 7" x 4"

Material: Red dyed Morocco leather, metallic thread

Condition: Very Good, some scatted thread loss mostly to back, displays well

Additional Information: A metallic thread-embroidered leather gentleman's wallet, "THOMAS
REVELL", dated 1728. The scalloped flap, interior and exterior corners stitched in geometric
patterns. On the reverse is embroidered the name TETVAN.
Tacked within the interior is an early addition of red dyed wool cloth used for and retaining
sewing needles; will be easily removed without compromise.
Likely, Thomas Revell (died 1752) was a British victualer and politician who sat in the House
of Commons
from 1734 to 1752.

SOLD

424-370




Wallet, Gentleman’s Embroidered Purse, and Portrait of Owners Home Second Half of the 18th Century Probably Townsend, Massachusetts Outstanding and Fine Original Condition, Great Composition and Color - SOLD


Wallet, Gentleman’s Embroidered Purse, and Portrait of Owners Homeheorem Decorated Bed Furnishing or Curtin Sash, Watercolor on Brushed Cotton

Wallet, Gentleman’s Embroidered Purse, and Portrait of Owners Homeheorem Decorated Bed Furnishing or Curtin Sash, Watercolor on Brushed Cotton

The purse:
Worked in wool yarns, a fine canvas-work of a very sophisticated floral design…cream, mustard, red and rose-colored wool used in creating the embroidered wild roses and tulips. The wild roses are wrought with a French knot in the center…pedals with running stitch. The decoration is against a variegated field of shades of green, all edges bound with original gold wool hand-woven tape and tied closed with the same tape. The interior fitted with three compartments is lined in soft green glazed wool calamanco. (Approximately 8.5 X 5”)

The house portrait:
The accompanying watercolor depicts the homestead of the proposed owner of the purse…that stands today’s and is quite wonderful in itself…white center chimney dwelling with green door and shutters; dooryard with blue and white fence. The right-side yard has a brown picket fence; also depicted is a gray carriage house with brick red door. (3 X 5 inches)

The lore and condition:
We state with confidence that both the purse and watercolor are without compromise. Accompanying the lot is a report related to the homestead, its history and current standing; genealogy and supposition as compiled by a local historian. We also have the last will and testament found with the purse belonging to Jonathan Richardson, the Townsend gentleman…

191-457 - SOLD




Needlework, Boston Fishing Lady School, Couple in Elaborate Landscape
Fine and Rare Canvaswork Picture, Shepherd and Shepherdess
Boston, Massachusetts
Circa 1740 to 1770
Finely wrought, silk and wool embroidery on linen ground - SOLD


Antique Beadwork, Boy with Dog, Glass Beads, entire view

A Boston School, "Fishing Lady" needlework displaying a upright couple within an elaborate landscape featuring animals and flowers; depicted is a man in red coat with horn and a lady in pink stripes 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, 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's Girlhood 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 by 17.25”; view: 19.75 by 14”)
Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.

144-38 - SOLD




18th Century Embroidered Kerchief or Embroidery Sample
Obviously period, well executed and aesthetically charming
A fine example of embroidery, nicely framed for display - SOLD


Antique 18th Century Embroidered Kerchief Framed for Display, entire view

Mss. label on reverse reads "Worked by Miss Ann Hewitt 1760"
(Textile remains in fine condition and is separated from framed mounting; 18 by 9”)

879-66 - SOLD




Embroidered Silk
Drawstring Purse
17th Century
England - SOLD


Antique Purse, Embroidered Silk, Bellows Form, 17th Century, side one entire

This small English 3.25" embroidered silk on silk satin purse, made in the 17th century, was most likely done by a young girl as an exercise to improve her needlework skills. There is a similar bag in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum that was found in a young girl's embroidered casket (box for special items) to hold personal possessions, possibly coins. Another theory is that bags such as this were made to be given as gifts to someone special. At 3.25" and of such fragile materials it was obviously not meant to be used for practical purposes. The decoration embroidered upon it was either copied from a pattern book or the individual pattern might have been purchased. Early embroidered motifs generally tell us something about the maker. In this case the acorn could represent the patience the young embroiderer was to learn or it might be representative of how her savings would grow from its start as a seedling. The condition of this bag is very good to excellent with minor wear to the silk satin. The bag is bound with a combination of braided silk and metallic threads.

621-3 - SOLD




17th Century
Embroidered Dos-a-Dos
Psalms Book - SOLD


Antique Pslams Book, Embroidered Cover, 17th Century, angle view

17th Century embroidered Dos - a - Dos Psalms Book, two books bound together, embroidered with silk and metallic thread on satin. Bookbinding embroidered with silk and metallic threads on satin were worked in England for religious books during the 16th century through the first half of the 17th century. The spines are divided into four compartments incorporating silk flowers and silvered wire. The two bindings are embroidered with four flowers each. One book is titled, "THE WHOLE / BOOKE OF / PSALMES. / Collected into English meter / by Thomas Sternhold, John / Hopkins, and others. / LONDON / Printed for the Companie of / Stationers. / Cum Privilegio Regis Regali. / 1607." The second book is, "THE / PSALTER OR PSALMES / of David, after the translation of / the great Bible..." The gilded edges are also embossed with a geometric design. There is some loose wire and wear along the edges of the covers. The psalm book measures 3.25-inches by 2.5-inches by 1.5-inches.

621-4 - SOLD




Reticule, Silk Bag, Embroidered Floral Motifs
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Reticule, Silk Bag, Floral Embroidery, entire view

Silk embroidered on both sides. Minor breaks to silk.
Dimensions: 9.5 by 8".

266-11 - SOLD




Reticule, Silk Embroidered Bag
Early to Mid 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Reticule, Silk Embroidered Bag, Sequins and spangles, entire view

This bag is silk on silk with sequins, spangles and pearls decorating one side, second side with acorns and oak leaves.
Minor breaks to silk on one side only. All original.
Dimensions: 7.5 by 8".

266-12 - SOLD




Needlework Wallet, Crewel Embroidery, Vibrant Colors, 18th Century - SOLD


Antique Wallet, Needlework Wallet, Crewel Embroidery, entire view

Canvaswork pocketbook in floral pattern with urn, American 18th century, lined in blue wool with green wool tape and ties. One of the best!
Dimensions: 7.75 x 4.5 inches.

274-98 - SOLD




Petticoat Border
Crewel Embroidery
18th Century - SOLD


Antique Petticoat Border, Crewel Embroidery, 18th Century, folded view

Dimensions: 92.5-inches long, 6.75-inches wide.

912-53 - SOLD





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