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Embroidered panel (joined side panels from bedspread)

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Polychrome wool embroidered on linen. Scenes of domestic life and figures, animals in landscape; vignettes enclosed by meandering floral and leaf forms. Two side panels of Lathrop Brown bedspread joined. Condition: Good but linen somewhat soiled around edges; small tack holes around edges. Wool...

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About 1925-28, commissioned by Mrs. Lathrop Brown (Helen Hooper Brown), Boston [see note 1]. By about 1982, with Maddie Sadofski of Thanks For the Memories shop, Los Angeles, CA [see note 2]; sold by Sadofski to the MFA (Accession date: June 24, 1992) NOTES: [1] According to undated notes in the curatorial file. This piece is made up of two side panels from the original bedspread commission. The bedspread originally had three additional panels, which were cut off at an unknown date (possibly by the artist), but definitely after 1930, when the piece was published intact in "The Embroideries of Marguerite Zorach," Marya Mannes, International Studio, March 1930, pp. 29-33 (location not specified). Two of the side panels were joined to make 1992.351. [2] According to Tessim Zorach (the artist's son), the bedspread was not in the inventory of Zorach items in Mrs. Lathrop Brown's collection, which encompassed pieces "in a warehouse in New York for about 30 years." It is unclear when this inventory was completed. Further notes indicate that Sadofski had purchased 1992.351-352 about ten years before acquisition by the MFA.

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund


Reproduced with permission.


Object Place

United States


Overall: 136.8 x 231.5cm (53 7/8 x 91 1/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Polychrome wool embroidered on linen


Textiles and Fashion Arts