584
584
Rare Needlework Sampler, Mary Godfrey, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1784
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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584
Rare Needlework Sampler, Mary Godfrey, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1784
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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Details & Cataloguing

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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Rare Needlework Sampler, Mary Godfrey, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1784
Worked in silk stitches on a linen ground, signed at the bottom, Mary Godfrey, Born February 21, 1773.
Height 16 1/4 in. by width 10 1/4 in.
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Provenance

A sale at Sotheby's, sale 3371, May 19, 1972, lot 74;

Theodore H. Kapnek, a sale at Sotheby's sale number 4531Y, lot 111, January 31, 1981.

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 24, fig. 37); Let Virtue Be a Guide to Thee: Needlework in the Education of Rhode Island Women, 1730-1830 (fig. 18)

Catalogue Note

Attributed to Mary Godfrey (d. 1841), the daughter of James Godfrey and Anstis Sayer (c. 1747- 1830) of Newport. With her sisters Anstis and Abby, Mary kept a Newport girls' school noted for fine embroidery.

The school existed from 1811-1837 and was located on the corner of Thames Street and Long Wharf. They taught sewing, both plain and fancy, and fine embroidery. Mary had been the preceptress of Bristol Academy in Taunton, Massachusetts from 1799-1800. (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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