Mary Fallover,

Mary Fallover,

 England, 1852

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sampler size: 13¼” square • framed size: 14¾” square • sold

A finely stitched sampler exhibiting classic, symmetrical English composition and characteristics, this features a detailed, double-chimney red house with a tall shepherd and shepherdess standing sentry at either end of the setting. Many little animals, birds, baskets of fruit, potted flowers and hearts provide a wonderful whimsey to the work and create an appealing aesthetic.

Mary Fallover was most likely the daughter of Stephen and Mary (Walter) Fallover. She was the 3rd of their 12 children, born on June 10, 1840 and baptized in Marylebone, Westminster. She married John Isaac Hall in 1870 and died in 1914.

The provenance of this sampler includes the fact that it was previously in the National Audubon Society Collection. Worked in silk on wool, it is in excellent condition with some tiny darns to the wool and has been conservation mounted into a beveled walnut frame. 

 

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