American Decorative Arts

Quilt

1840–50

Cotton

78 3/4 x 84 1/2 in. (200.03 x 214.63 cm)
Gift of Barbara Wagner, B.A. 1973
2013.13.1
This quilt combines piecing and appliqué, two popular techniques that provided the nineteenth-century quilter with endless possibilities. Each of the white cotton squares making up the central panel of the quilt are individually ornamented with red-and-green appliqué decoration and have been skillfully arranged to create the overall design. The pattern of the quilt is a variation of “Cockscomb and Currants,” sometimes referred to as the “Flowering Almond,” one of many popular floral motifs. Quilters often adopted patterns as general types, which they creatively interpreted to form their own unique designs.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, March 14–15, 2012, lot 1023; Barbara Wagner, Cincinnati, Ohio, by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 2012

Bibliography: 

“Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, Discovery, Sale 2587M, Lot 1023, Pieced and Applique Cotton Quilt with Red and Green Flowers and Berries,” http://www.skinnerinc.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=2587M+++1023+&refno=++934434 (accessed March 14–15, 2012), lot 1023.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.