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American Decorative Arts
Subject Probably made at: Misses Ann and Elizabeth Cummings School, American, 1768–1776

Embroidered coat of arms


Black silk with metallic threads in white pine frame with gilded metal mounts

28 1/4 × 28 1/4 in. (71.76 × 71.76 cm) framed: 33 × 33 in. (83.82 × 83.82 cm)
Bequest of Josephine Setze
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Not on view
18th century

Early history unknown; by 1933 with Francis Hill Bigelow, Cambridge, MA; by sale as part of Bigelow's estate, American Art Association, New York, lot 83, February 8, 1936; by 1942 with John Marshall Philips, New Haven, Conn.; by 1982 with Josephine Setze, New Haven CT; by bequest to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., New Haven, Conn., 1982


“Acquisitions 1982,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 1 (Winter 1984): 59.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 226, no. 125, ill.

Robert Shaw and Jane Katcher, The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls’ Schools and Academies in Early America, exh. cat. (Cooperstown, N.Y.: Fenimore Art Museum, 2016), 18, 20, 50, no. 4, fig. 4.

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