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Rare Silk Embroidered and Painted Map Sampler, Polly Platt, Athens, New York, dated 1809
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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612
Rare Silk Embroidered and Painted Map Sampler, Polly Platt, Athens, New York, dated 1809
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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Rare Silk Embroidered and Painted Map Sampler, Polly Platt, Athens, New York, dated 1809
Delicately worked in fine silk and chenille stitches on a silk ground; inscribed on the glass POLLY PLATT, ATHENS, JULY 10 1809.
Height 16 1/8 in. by width 20 in.
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Provenance

Mrs. J. Armory Haskell, a sale at Sotheby's, December 6-9, 1944;

Joe Kindig, York, Pennsylvania, June 1965.

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art  (p. 33, fig. 53)

Catalogue Note

Polly's map belongs to the largest-known group of American map samplers.  These pieces have continents or countires outlined in chenille, lettering worked in black sil, and shorelines edged with blue paint. They are attributed to "the Boarding School for Female Education of Pleasant Valley," Dutchess County, that was begun by three Quaker women in 1803 (Poughkeepsie Journal & Constitutional Republican, June 7, 1803), and continued until about 1828. The school's advertisements in Poughkeepsie and Connecticut newspapers consistently mentioned "Working maps" as well as "most kinds of Needle Work". Polly Platt of Athens, Greene County, was probably related to frame maker Isaac L. Platt, who was born in nearby Freehold. A town name on a sampler generally refers to the place where it was made. Some girls, however, named their hometowns rather than their school's location, and this was evidently true of these map samplers.

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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New York