(Description taken from Betty Ring's auction catalogue Januarary 2012 at Sotheby's)
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
Height 17 in. by width 23 in.
Descended in the family of the maker, March 1972
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of
American Folk Art (p. 105, fig. 171)
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 dentical piece (see
Christie's Fine American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts, January 23,1982, Lot 204).
ESTIMATE with 25% buyers premium $15,000 - $22,500
Special Offering: Sold
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