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Rare Needlework Sampler, Sarah Waterman, Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1785
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LOT SOLD. 43,750 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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Rare Needlework Sampler, Sarah Waterman, Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1785
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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Details & Cataloguing

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Rare Needlework Sampler, Sarah Waterman, Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1785
Worked in silk and metalic threads on linen; inscribed Sarah Waterman born February 21 1775 made this July 21 in Providence 1785.
Height 15 3/4 in. by width 13 in.
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Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the collection of Betty Ring (p. 25, fig. 39); Let Virtue Be a Guide to Thee: Needlework in the Education of Rhode Island Women, 1730-1830 (fig. 31)

Catalogue Note

Sally's sampler, closely related to Newport work, is one of the earliest pieces attributed to Mary Balch's school in Providence. It includes the same maxim Mary stitched on her childhood sampler of 1773:


Cato doth say to Old and to Young
The first step to Virtue is bridle the TongUe


Sarah Waterman (1775-1852) was the daughter of Rufus Waterman(1746-1829) and Hannah Sprague (c. 1752-1833) of Providence. She married John Thompson on April 1, 1798; they had two daughters. Sarah's sister Eliza Waterman (1777-1870) worked a remarkably accurate view of the Providence State House in 1788(see ANTIQUES, September 1983, p. 504; also, Sotheby's Important Americana, Sale 5551, January 31, 1987, Lot 1050).

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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