October 03, 2020 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Wright Family Silk Embroidered Coat of Arms

American, Massachusetts or Connecticut, 1790-1800, coat of arms with three leopard heads, surmounted by rampant lion, surrounded by leaf and scrolled decoration, motto ribbon stitched in metallic thread, "By The Name of Wright", silk and metallic thread on silk ground, attached note verso inscribed: "Heraldry-coat of arms description from English records-Wrights (Wrightsbridge Norwich and Dagerham Essex Ay Two Bars Ar in chief leopards heads Ar crest rib of a Ducal cornet a dragonhead -granted by Crown June 20 1590 - this was reframed by George A. Wright of Hartford Conn. December 25, 1864", 18-1/2 x 18-1/2 in.; probably 18th century wood frame with carved gilt liner, 23-3/4 x 23-3/4 in.

Note: For a discussion of Boston embroidered coat of arms, please see: Ring, Betty, and Alice Winchester. Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers and Pictorial Needlework 1650-1850. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993, vol. 1, pp. 60-75.

Provenance:Wright Family, New Haven, Connecticut; Joe Kindig III, York, Pennsylvania; Christie's, New Yor,. The Collection of May and Howard Joynt, Alexandria, Virginia, January 20, 1990, lot 419; Property from the Collection of Dudley and Constance Godfrey


stitched to linen support and sandwiched between two sheets of acrylic, original tacking edge with tears and losses, overall fading, area of light water stain, splits and toning to silk ground, craquelure, flaking and losses to painted surfaces on frame, abrasions to edges

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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