American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 97, fig. 156.
This was faithfully copied from an engraving by John Scoles, who worked in New York City from 1793 to 1844. A similar anonymous piece, but without the flag, is in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (see Hilda Kassell, Stitches in Time, p . 27).
Some breaks in the silk; discoloration and fading; original black glass mat with areas of exfoliation; original frame and glass. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.