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Theorem Decorated Family Record
Artist: Not Available 
Category: Needlework
SubType: Folk Art, Theorems
Origin: America-USA
Era: 19th Century
Made by Aurelia Austin. A basket of fruit and flowers in a glass compote surrounded by butterflies and blue birds employs both theorem and free-hand watercolor painting to enclose the family record of Elias Phillips and Maria Wilde. Birds, potted flowers, arches, and leaf decorated columns are all drawn within a rhythmically-lined border featuring rows of moons and centrally-placed sun symbols, which are also used as corner blocks. This is one of the two known similar examples to employ both the theorem motif and a family record, although the other was not distinguished by the sun and moon border. They are thought to have been made in Fishkill, New York. The latest date recorded here is 1836.

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