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Stephen & Carol Huber: 17th - 19th Century Needlework

antique needlework sampler Huber 271

Lot Number: 271 (description taken from Sotheby's catalogue)


Worked with silk, twisted silk threads and crinkled silk floss on sheer linen in satin, outline, fly, bullion, running and cross-stitches with French knots. Inscribed: Family Record/James Yalding was born Mar 1st/1777. Hannah Parker was born Jan/19th 1777. They were married Oct 1st 1800./ Wrought by Dolly Yalding 1826. 16 3/4  by 14 1/2  inches. (80 threads to the inch).

Sothby's estimate: $12,500 - $18,750 (with 25% buyer's premium added)

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Catalogue Note:
Dolly Yalding was twenty years old when she inscribed the required names and dates inside the elliptically shaped enclosure of her genealogical sampler. Not often seen in family record embroideries, the oval format designed by Dolly's creative schoolmistress is effectively anchored by the green meadow embellished with sprightly flowers and grazing sheep. Dolly's sampler bears an unmistakable, though imperfect, resemblance to the samplers worked by Mary Richards in 1825 (fig. 32) and Sarah Blanchard in 1829.1 The border surrounding Dolly's sampler is adorned with the same flower motifs used by Sarah Blanchard in Jaffrey. Dolly Yalding also may have attended an academy for young women in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Clearly illustrated here is the custom of "carrying over" threads from word to word in the inscription. The sheer background of this sampler allows these black threads to be seen from the front, although this stitching technique is prevalent on most sampler work. The knotting of silk from letter to letter would not have been tolerated by the frugal schoolmistress. Such an extravagance would consume endless amounts of precious silk thread. Dolly Yalding was born in Concord, New Hampshire, to James Yalding, an innkeeper from South Carolina, and Hannah Parker.2

1. The Blanchard sampler is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, P A; see Hornor, Story of Samplers, 41.

2. Concord Town Records, 1732-1820 (Concord, NH: The Republican Press Association, 1894), 537.
10,000 USD - 15,000 USD

Sheila & Edwin Rideout, Wiscasset, Maine, September, 1986

Exhibited and Literature: LACMA, p. 82, fig. 33

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