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Small Rare Early Embroidered Needlework Picture.....SOLD
New England, 18th century. New info: Made by Sarah Pomeroy (daughter of General Seth Pomeroy, who was was an American gunsmith and soldier from Northampton, Massachusetts. His military service included the French and Indian War and the early stages of the American Revolution. He fought as a private soldier in the Battle of Bunker Hill, but was later appointed a major general in the Massachusetts militia). One of probably four known by Sarah (one once in the collection of Nina Fletcher Little). They were made while at Sarah's academy in Northhampton, MA, then proudly displayed by her parents. Probably wool stitching on a linen ground, featuring light blue, dark blue, white, brown, pink, and red. The picture showcases an over-sized white bird perched on a tree bearing apples or berries, with one also grasped in the bird's beak. The bottom center features flowers with perhaps blue berries upper center and left. The back has a cutout of the Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little auction catalogue from Sotheby's in 1994, showing a related embroidery, circa 1756, presented in the same frame-type as this example. Another with similar size, color palette and frame sold at Skinners, 2014, October 26, lot 127, also of Northhampton, MA origin. This needlework has expected toning yet colors remain strong. The carved black frame with gilded liner is without glass, about 11 1/2 inches wide x 9 5/8 tall, sight size about 8 3/8 x 6 3/4. Provenance: New England collection from noted Americana dealer Robert Thayer.
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