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Property from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms

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FINE NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER: THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM, MARIA GROTZ, PROBABLY PHILADELPHIA, DATED 1789
Signed on lower register: MARIA GROTZS WORK 1789.
20 1/2 in. by 19 in.
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Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York.

Exhibited

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The University of Pennsylvania Hospital Antiques Show, April 1979;
Winterthur, Delaware, Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, This Work in Hand: Philadelphia Needlework from the 18th Century, August 31, 2002-January 12, 2003.

Literature

Betty Ring, Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework, 1650-1850, Volume II (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1993), illus. p.360.

Catalogue Note

It has been suggested that Maria Grotz may have been a member of the Gratz family of Philadelphia – who settled in Philadelphia in 1754 and were successful merchants and traders, and signers of the Non-Importation Act prior to the American Revolutionary War. Betty Ring, wrote that Mary may have been the daughter of George Grotz, a breeches maker at 7 North Fourth Street, Philadelphia, in 1791.1

1 Betty Ring, Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework, 1650-1850, vol. II (New York: A.A. Knopf, 1993), p.360, illus. 383.

Property from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms

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New York