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Fares Family Record and Hairwork Sampler, Evansville, Indiana
4/12/2014 - Americana: Live Salesroom Auction
American, 19th century. A family record and hairwork sampler of the Fares family of Evansville, Indiana. Having a round, central landscape vignette of a temple flanked on each side by a tree, the hairwork components all mounted on paper with a watercolor painted background of blue sky and green grass with red accents. Inscribed FARES / John Valent: / & / Veronica, geb: / MANN. / John Christn: / Catharine. / Caroline / Frederic. / Sabina. / etc. / April 1861. / fec. Chas. E. Dollmaetsch. Presented under glass in a lemon-gilt frame; 16 x 11 in. (framed).

John Valent Fares was born Johan Valentia Fares in Bavaria, Germany on April 10, 1824. He married Veronica Mann on October 30, 1849 who was born Veronek Mann in Darmstadt, Germany in January 1828. John worked as a shoemaker and a farmer before being appointed postmaster in Kasson, Indiana where he built the historic Five Mile House. John and Veronica had twelve children; however, only five had been born when this sampler was created in 1861. The columns and trees are individually numbered and mostly likely correspond to the four children still living as Sabina had died in infancy. Therefore, this hairwork sampler is a celebration of the living family members rather than a mourning piece.  


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Some foxing, stains, and small losses to paper. Some scratches and small chips to corner of frame.
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