American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of American Folk Art (p. 53, fig. 90)
Samplers embroidered with wool are uncommon to America for the year 1831, and the many family initials are a frequently found Scotch characteristic . Framing needlework with the gilded inner frame beneath the glass, as found here, was rarely done in America during this period, although it occurs in Philadelphia in the eighteenth century (fig. 62). (For an illustrated explanation of this British practice, see Joan D. Dolmetsch, "Colonial America's Elegantly Framed Prints,"ANTIQUES, May 1981, pp. 1108-1110.) The original frame retains the label of A. F. HENDER SON/ Picture Frame Maker,/ 40 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh.
Some darkening of linen; minor stain mid-right; fading of inscription at bottom. 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.