Early Needlework Memorial


Early needlework and watercolor memorial. The memorial, worked in multi-color silk threads and watercolor, depicts a young boy and girl creating a floral garland beside the Stanwood family tomb located beneath an elaborate weeping willow tree. The names of the distinguished Stanwood family of Massachusetts and New York are stitched to the tomb’s side panel. The memorial is framed in a molded gilt frame under eglomise glass.

Leading the list of family members is Captain Lemuel Stanwood, born in Gloucester, MA in 1771. He became known for his bravery when he was able to retake his ship after it had been captured by a French privateer. He married Elizabeth Lamb and died at age 30 in 1801.

The memorial is in very good condition, with some paint loss to the sky above the willow tree and some light streaking and creases to the sky. Circa 1805, probably Massachusetts.

Provenance: Purchased in October, 2010 from M. Finkel & Daughter, Philadelphia antique dealers.

Dimensions: 23½” x 17½”; Viewed Area: 18½” x 12½”

Item No. 220081

Price: $1,800.

Sale Price: $1,200. (Firm)

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