Quilt Maker: Unknown

1840–50

American Decorative Arts

Not on view

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.

Medium

Cotton

Dimensions

78 3/4 × 84 1/2 in. (200.03 × 214.63 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Wagner, B.A. 1973

Accession Number

2013.13.1

Culture
Period

19th century

Classification
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Provenance

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," https://www.skinnerinc.com//auctions/2587M/lots/1023 (accessed March 14–15, 2012), lot 1023
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Object/Work type

quilts

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