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January 25, 2012

Mary Antrim's million dollar sampler

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From Eve M. Kahn's item in yesterday's New York Times "Arts, Briefly" compilation: "In 1807, a New Jersey schoolgirl named Mary Antrim embroidered a farm scene [above] with silk thread on linen. On Sunday, Sotheby's in New York sold her view of livestock, picket fences and clapboarded outbuildings for $1.07 million (the top estimate had been $120,000), setting an auction record for a needlework sampler. Of all the colorful pastoral views at the Sotheby's showroom, Mary Antrim's piece 'stood out in a unique way as a folk art statement,' said the dealer David Schorsch, who bought it for an undisclosed client."

The sampler, signed in the demi-lune Mary Antrim 1807, is still in its original frame, measuring 17 inches high x 16.75 inches wide.

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