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Mary Jones Sampler

Embroidered sampler, 1795 Mary Jones (American) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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 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.

Date: 1795

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