12-year-old pupil Mary Antrim had completed a composition that filled every corner of her 17″ x 16 3/4″ linen sampler, depicting her house, outbuildings, fences and gates, gardens and orchards, chickens. cows and at the bottom, Mary herself on horseback flanked by baskets of flowers. Mary Antrim 1807, the daughter of weaver John Antrim of Burlington Township, New Jersey , finished stitching her sampler and wrote her name and the date in ink on paper within a cartouche now framed in a lunette attached to the top of her framed sampler.
An important needlework sampler by Mary Antrim of Burlington County, N.J., dated 1807, sold for $1,070,500 recently at Sotheby’s New York because it was the best of an increasingly wanted type and because it came from an important, known collection. Worked in silk and painted paper on linen and signed by the maker in 2 places, it earlier came from the famed Garbish collection of Americana sold at Sotheby’s in 1974. Measuring 17 inches high and 16¾ inches wide, the sampler belongs to a recently recognized important group made by girls of Burlington County in the early 1800s. The frame is original.