669
669
Rare Pictorial Embroidery, Mary Connolly, Quebec, Dated 1847
Estimate
12,00018,000
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669
Rare Pictorial Embroidery, Mary Connolly, Quebec, Dated 1847
Estimate
12,00018,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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Rare Pictorial Embroidery, Mary Connolly, Quebec, Dated 1847
Worked in silk, chenille, paint and eight beads on silk.  Inscribed New York From Weehawk; Ursuline Convent, Quebec 1847.
Height 17 in. by width 23 in.
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Provenance

Descended in the family of the maker, March 1972

Exhibited

American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 105, fig. 171)

Catalogue Note

The ships are painted, but all the buildings are embroidered. Although the schoolgirl needlework era was essentially over by 1840, Catholic schools were among the last to relinquish earlier teaching traditions. Mary Connolly (b. 1831) of Quebec City entered the convent as a half-boarder in 1842 and attended as a full-boarder from 1847 to 1849. Her married name was Trembley. Mary's classmate, Elizabeth Galbraith, worked an almost identical piece (see Christie's Fine American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts, January 23,1982, Lot 204).

Important American Schoolgirl Embroideries: The Landmark Collection of Betty Ring

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New York