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Rare and Important Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture: Sacred to the Memory of George Washington, Anonymous, probably Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1815
Estimate
50,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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538
Rare and Important Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture: Sacred to the Memory of George Washington, Anonymous, probably Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1815
Estimate
50,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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Rare and Important Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture: Sacred to the Memory of George Washington, Anonymous, probably Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1815
Worked in lustrous silk stitches on a brilliantly painted silk ground heightened with metallic threads, embroidered on the plinth SACRED to the Memory of WASHINGTON, OBt. 11 Decr. AD 1799/ AEt 68; glass replaced.
Diameter 23 in.
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Provenance

The Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch sale, at Sotheby's, sale number 3595, January 23, 1974, lot 88.

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 62, fig. 100)

Catalogue Note

Elements from two Washington memorial prints may  be recognized here. The basic composition is much like Pater Patriae, engraved by Enoch G. Gridley after a now-lost painting by John Coles, Jr. Gridley's rather crude design, however, has been dramatically improved, or this composition was copied from an intermediate source. A similar plinth appears on John James Barralet's Apotheosis of Washington, including the incorrect death date of the inscription (for both prints, see ANTIQUES, February 1977, pp.325,329). The figure of Columbia with an eagle is unlike either engraving, but it is found on almost identical piece (Maine Antique Digest, December 1986, p.3-A) as well as on two otherwise different Washington memorials worked in the same technique (Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, and the Bayou Bend Collection, Houston, Texas). Here the portrait of Washington is painted on the main body of the silk.

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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New York