Embroidered overmantel with original frame

American
Colonial
1745–50
Embroidered by Eunice Bourne (born in 1732, died between 1773 and 1781)


Object Place: Boston, New England colonies, New England colonies

Dimensions

63 x 129 cm (24 13/16 x 50 13/16 in.) (including frame)

Accession Number

21.2233

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave, embroidered with wool, silk, metal-wrapped thread, and glass beads

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Embroidered overmantel with three scenes: spinning lady, fishing lady, and strolling couple. Worked in polychrome wool and silk in tent and knot stitches, with glass beads and metallic yarn. Original frame, wooden slats dividing scenes missing.

Provenance

1745-1750, with Mercy Gorham (b. 1695 - d. 1782), Barnstable, MA [see note 1]; 1782, by descent through the family [see note 2]; 1921, Miss Perdie E. Phinney [see note 3]; 1921, sold by Phinney to the MFA for $600. (Accession date: October 6, 1921)

NOTES:
[1] Eunice Bourne (b. 1732 - d. 1773-1781), Barnstable, was the daughter of Mercy Gorham and Col. Sylvanus Bourne (b. 1694 - d. 1763). The piece remained in her mother's house after her marriage to Capt. John Gallison (b. 1731 - d. 1786) in 1754 with whom she had thirteen children.
[2] In 1782, Mercy Gorham probably willed the work to one of Eunice's daughters. According to the 1888 "Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families", Ed. C.F. Swift: "To her granddaughter Abigail Gallison, her mother's work, called a chimney piece." (pg. 117)
[3] According to the MFA object card, Miss Phinney was a distant relative of Eunice Bourne. The "Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families" notes that several paintings once owned by Sylvanus Bourne were in the possession of his ancestor, Major Sylvanus. B. Phinney. (pg. 118)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund