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Shaker sampler

Artist:
Mariah Boil (born 1832)
Date:
1844
Geography:
Made in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, United States
Culture:
American, Shaker
Medium:
Silk and cotton embroidery on linen/cotton
Dimensions:
13 x 11 3/4 in. (33 x 29.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward J. Scheider and David S. and Elizabeth W. Quackenbush Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.453
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746
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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