Mary Jones (American)
Silk and linen, with gold leaf, on linen; 15 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (38.74 x 33.66 cm)
Inscribed: Mary Jones / 1795
Gift of Barbara Schiff Sinauer, 1984 (1984.331.22)
This sampler is one of a small group created in Philadelphia during the second half of the eighteenth century. Known as Dresden-work samplers, they are made of white linen decorated with white drawnwork and needlepoint-lace insertions. Unlike most examples, which are entirely white, Mary Jones ornamented her piece with a colorful floral border. A circle of gold leaf inserted behind the central circle of lace further highlights her intricate work.