Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shaker sampler

Mariah Boil (born 1832)
Made in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, United States
American, Shaker
Silk and cotton embroidery on linen/cotton
13 x 11 3/4 in. (33 x 29.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward J. Scheider Gift, in memory of Kathleen N. Scheider, and David S. and Elizabeth W. Quackenbush Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
Not on view
Few samplers were made in Shaker communities. This example is a sweet and simple piece of work, finely made and laid out in a clear composition. It illustrates the well-known Shaker mission to produce architecture and decorative arts that were functional but beautiful and that depended on the bare essentials of form for their decorative appeal.
Made by Mariah Boil in 1833-44 at the Shaker community in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Later purchased from a private collection by Amy Finkel & Daughter, who sold it to Drs. John R. Ribic and Carla M. Kingsley. They sold the sampler and their entire Shaker collection at auction at Northeast Auctions, Manchester, New Hampshire on August 2, 2008. This sampler was Lot 707.
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