A SILK ON LINEN NEEDLEWORK
A SILK ON LINEN NEEDLEWORK

PROBABLY NEW YORK, DATED 1786

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A SILK ON LINEN NEEDLEWORK
Probably New York, dated 1786
The rectangular needlework worked in black, brown, green, yellow, pink, blue and mustard threads in three horizontal registers depicting various scenes of humans, animals and Biblical narratives, with the wrought inscriptions at top right "Genesis 22 Abraham Abraham Here I am" and across the bottom "Hester Moore Her Work Aged 8 Years June 20 1786 O God In the My Comfort Be This Work in Hands My Friends May Have When I am Dead And Laid/in Grave"
17 x 23¾in.

Lot Essay

This piece is similar to a group of Biblical needleworks from New York characterized as Adam and Eve samplers. Several motifs typical of these needleworks are Eve depicted with hair falling below an arm raised toward the Tree of Life, Adam and Eve both wearing similar dress and comparable fruiting trees with coiled serpent. Related works are illustrated in Ring, Girlhood Embroidery American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850 (New York, 1993), figs. 318-325 and one was sold at Sotheby's New York, 21 November 1980, lot 791.

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