581
581
Rare and Important Needlework Sampler, Nabby Dexter, Mary Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1785
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LOT SOLD. 40,625 USD
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581
Rare and Important Needlework Sampler, Nabby Dexter, Mary Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1785
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 40,625 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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Rare and Important Needlework Sampler, Nabby Dexter, Mary Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1785
Luxuriantly worked in silk allover the linen ground; signed Nabby Dexter's work, done in the 10th year 1785.
Height 13 1/4 in. by width 11 in.
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Provenance

A sale at Sotheby's, sale number 3371, lot 73, May 19, 1972

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 25, fig. 40)

Catalogue Note

Nabby's sampler is fully embroidered over the ground, and it is the earliest-known example of the most enduring style from Mary Balch's school; also, it has the frequently found inscription:

With/ Sheba's queen / ye american fair / To a / dorn your mind / bend all your car[e]

Abigail (Nabby) Dexter (1775-1826) was the daughter of Providence innkeeper Knight Dexter (l734 -1814) and Phebe Harris (1735-1813). She married Christopher C. Olney (1773-1809) on ApriI 16, 1797, and second, in 1915, Nathaniel Rossiter of New Haven, Connecticut.

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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New York