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Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Picture: Lady Elizabeth Gray, Initialed M.L., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated 1809
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Rare Embroidered and Painted Silk Picture: Lady Elizabeth Gray, Initialed M.L., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated 1809
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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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 Picture: Lady Elizabeth Gray, Initialed M.L., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated 1809
Brilliantly embroidered in silk, chenille, and metallic threads painted on silk; in the original gilded deep coved frames with spherules.
Height 24 1/2 in. by width 34 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Kenneth Snow at the Boston Ellis Antiques Show, October 23, 1984

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 98, fig. 157)

Catalogue Note

Lady Elizabeth Grey was frequently the subject of patterns drawn by Samuel Folwell (1764-1813) for his wife' s Philadelphia embroidery school, and the figures seen here reveal his unmistakable painting technique. Easily recognized silk embroideries painted by Folwell survive in large numbers and a variety of forms. He unquestionably copied prints, but several of his characteristic patterns may be original; at least, no prototypes have been found. Possibly some of his drawings were ultimately painted by others, or merely copied. Easily mistaken for Samuel's work are later examples occasionally signed G. Folwell by Samuel's son Godfrey. For more about Folwell, see articles by Davida Deutsch in ANTIQUES, February 1981, pp. 420-423; September 1985, pp. 526-527; October 1986, pp. 646-647.

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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New York