The sampler collection of Betty Ring, one of America’s preeminent authorities on historical American needlework, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York City in January 2012. Mrs. Ring is a longtime contributor to Antiques magazine and has also published four books on American stitchery, most famously, Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework, 1650-1850 (Alfred A. Knopf).
Mrs. Ring told a reporter that she acquired the first piece in her collection, a Scottish verse sampler, for $30 in 1960. Now the collection going to auction at Sotheby’s will include approximately 180 pieces of embroidery. The final date of the sale is expected to be Saturday, January 22, 2012 or Sunday, January 23. 2012. The exhibition for the sale will be open to the public January 14 through 19. A catalogue should be available sometime after Christmas 2011, followed by an on-line catalogue soon thereafter.
A long profile of Betty Ring is posted at Antiques & the Arts Online: http://antiquesandthearts.com/Antiques/CoverStory/2005-03-29__13-30-28.html