Private Collection, Salem, Massachusetts, March 1986
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 38, fig. 63)
Jane's sampler belongs to an important group worked at an unknown Philadelphia school. The house, fence, three trees, and a couple with plumed hats are remarkably similar in nine examples dating from 1792 to 1813, and a number of closely related pieces are also known. Jane K. McFarlan (so named on the paper backing) has not been identified.
Some mellowing of linen; frame not original. 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.