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Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture, Anonymous, Mary Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1820
Estimate
8,00012,000
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597
Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture, Anonymous, Mary Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1820
Estimate
8,00012,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Mourning Picture, Anonymous, Mary Balch's School, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1820
Worked in silk, chenille, and paint on silk; embroidered on the monument; In memory of, Mrs. Henrietta S. Smith, Wife of Mr. Martin Smith...
Height 23 3/8 in. by width 20 in.
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Provenance

G. W. Samaha, Milan, Ohio, June 6, 1983

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 92, fig. 147); Let Virtue Be a Guide to Thee: Needlework in the Education of Rhode Island Women, 1730-1830 at the Rhode Island Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (p.182, fig. 86)

Catalogue Note

The fashion for decorated glass mats began to fade in the 1820s and the massive frame on this embroidery reflects the heaviness of the emerging Empire style. Possibly a sister of Henrietta Baker Smith worked this memorial at Mary Balch's school. Martin Smith was a
Providence grocer.

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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New York