Needlework Sampler Initialed 'B.K.', dated 1730American or English, 1730
Work in silk stitched on linen ground
12 in. x 12 in.
The central motif is that of large flowers and a two-handled urn, on a linen background. The same design can be found on five, possibly, six known samplers each attributed by design to the Elizabeth and Ann Marsh School of Philadelphia (1683 to 1784). This elite school was originally under the direction of Elizabeth Marsh and then, by her daughter, Ann. Each sampler attributed to the school's students is of similar central design created by a different student girl, all, apparently, utilizing the Marsh School's same art source material.
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
Condition: The work is unfinished. Some fading and minor losses.