American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 37, fig. 62)
Susanna's Dresden work sampler represents a form that was evidently peculiar to Philadelphia, c. 1760-1800, although, beginning in the 1750s, instruction in Dresden work (also called Berlin work) was advertised by many schools throughout the country. The decorative ribbon is typical of the region, and Philadelphia samplers and silk embroideries were being bordered with silk ribbon in the 1720s and 1730s. This piece is rare for having survived in its original deep Philadelphia frame with sanded-gold liner .
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