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Stephen & Carol Huber:  Dealers in antique needlework samplers, silk embroidery, cross stitch, tapestries.

Jeptha embroidery from Huber

Jeptha's Rash Vow
Hartford, CT c.1810

This beautiful silk embroidery was wrought by a young anonymous student at the Misses Pattens’ school in Hartford, CT, circa 1810. It depicts Jephta returning home to the warm greetings of his lovely daughter after vanquishing his foes in a war. His displeasure in seeing her is evident in his body language. This stems from a vow he made with the Lord stating that (if he won the war he would sacrifice the first thing that greeted him when he returned home). It is an Old Testament story teaching one not to make promises lightly.

“Jeptha Repenteth His Rash Vow” was a popular subject stitched frequently at both the Misses Pattens’ and the Lydia Royse schools in Hartford, CT. Typical of the Misses Pattens’ school is the white fence and palm trees in the background. The shimmer of the silk threads enhanced with exquisite needlework and stitching techniques, combined with the reflections from the glass and frame, are designed to enhance the viewing experience not only in normal light but also by candle light.

Silk, chenille, gold fringe, metallic thread, watercolor, gilt paper, and ink on silk; 22 ¾” x 27” framed.


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