Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc.
Live Auction

December 2,2023: Premier Americana - Day Two

Sat, Dec 2, 2023 09:00AM EST
  • Samplers
Lot 2414


Estimate: $300 - $500
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AMERICAN, POSSIBLY PENNSYLVANIA, PICTORIAL NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, wool on linen, top featuring "MOTTO / of / T. [J?] F. VESPASIANUS / Count that day lost whose low descending sun / Views from thy hand no worthy action done", below signed "Elizabeth Vaughan aged 9 years 1835" within a floral cartouche, flanked by three pairs of motifs comprising large rose motifs, dove birds, and butterflies, lower section featuring a large vignette of a pastoral scene within a sawtooth frame, depicting a buck/stag standing among five reclining deer, the background with trees and buildings in the distance, all encompassed by a floral and berry vine border. Housed under glass in a modern frame. Dated 1835. 24 1/2" x 25 3/4" sight, 27 1/2" x 28 3/4" OA.
Catalogue Note: For two other samplers in this auction by or attributed to Elizabeth Vaughan, see lots 2413 and 2418. According to this present sampler, Vaughan would been born in 1825 or 1826, so her identity is not certain. Per consignor, she could be Elizabeth Vaughan (1824-1896) of Philadelphia, PA, who married Dr. Abraham Ernest Helffenstein, Sr. (1804-1864) in 1852.


Very good visual condition with linen having light toning and a few stains including a sizable stain along the proper left side, several holes along the edges with most likely make from being previously on a stretcher, some thread with minor fading/fugitive color, frame with some wear and surface scratches. Not examined out of frame.

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