Design in the American Home, 1650 to 1850
"The desire to surround ourselves with beauty is universal and timeless. We have an innate tendency to transform the shape and decoration of even mundane items in an effort to satisfy our aesthetic aspirations. As cultural values, trends, and technologies shift from one era to the next, so do the objects that we create for everyday use and enjoyment at home. Focusing on objects from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries—from costly furnishings and paintings to inexpensive household necessities—this exhibition shows how the quest for color, texture, and splendor propels artful design."
Susan E. Conklin, of Kingston, NY, under the guidance of "Precpt'rs" S.F. Stewart, embroidered this large sampler of the New Haven residence of Ithiel Town, Esq., at the age of 10 years old in 1840.
Dorcas Anne Stearns (2 Aug 1811 - 21 Jan 1838) was the oldest of three children born to Oliver Stearns , Esq. (1786-1826) and Dorcas Varnum, of Dracut, MA. A beautiful Middlesex county sampler with an outer arcaded border of small squares and strawberries, combined with an inner panel of a saw-tooth border. Dorcas included birds, insects, flowers, a figure of a mother & daughter, and a horse drawn carriage with coachman.
Adam & Eve, 1727, and Sarah Lowell, 1750, acquired by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts
Sarah Anne Major Harris, acquired by Winterthur Museum as part of their extensive collection of American Samplers