Tabby-weave cotton face and back; cotton fringe and filling. This rectangular quilt boasts a central oval medallion divided into bracket-outlined, blossom-filled quadrants. It is framed in turn by eight stars with a laurel leaf oval. The remainder of the ground is filled with an outer garland border of fruits - grapes, cherries, pineapples - and flowers that are embellished with French knots. The filled outline pattern is worked in running stitch, and a hand-knotted fringe borders three sides.

Related examples: Voorhees family quilt, Long Island, New York, 1830-31, in the Newark Museum, New Jersey (acc. no. 49.50).

By tradition the quilt is the work of Rebecca Hall of Connecticut.

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.

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Attributed to Rebecca Hall, American, dates unknown
Wholecloth Quilt
c. 1810
85 × 71in. (215.9 × 180.3cm) Face fabric: 34 in. (86.3 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Mrs. Dan H. Carpenter

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

Acquired by Miss Ima Hogg on November 25, 1969, as gift from Mrs. Dan H. Carpenter, Houston, TX