(Description taken from Betty Ring's auction catalogue January 2012 at Sotheby's)
RARE EMBROIDERED AND PAINTED SILK MOURNING PICTURE, MARY
FROST, CAMBRIDGE/ CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1813
Worked in silk, chenille, paint and ink on silk; inscribed on the glass, Mary Frost
Height 20 1/2 in. by width 18 1/4 in.
Betty Daniel, Gooseneck Antiques, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, January 27, 1967.
Betty Ring's Collection
Stephen and Carol Huber - Dealers
Dan and Marty Campanelli Collection
American Needlework Treasures: Samplers and Silk Embroideries from the Collection of Betty Ring at the Museum of
American Folk Art (p. 67, fig. 109)
This composition was based on a print and worked at Hannah Spofford's School, Charlestown, MA. Mary Frost (1794-1835)
was the daughter of John Frost and Susanna Hill of Arlington (a part of Cambridge and Charlestown before 1867).
Her memorial is dedicated to her brother, mother, and father who died in 1802, 1804, and 1812, respectively. The
epitaph was printed with printers' type on silk that was
appliqued to the plinth. Mary Frost was the seventh of eleven children born to John Frost (1760-1812) and Susanna
Hill (1760-1804). Her father was often referred to as "Money John" and his marriage fee was $25.00. He
made bricks, chairs, and also farmed. Mary married Charles Hastings (1790-1858) and they had five children. (Additional
information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).
ESTIMATE with 25% buyers premium $10,000 - $15,000
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