Tabby-weave wool face and back; wool filling; wool thread. The face of this quilt is composed of three panels plus a narrow width piece. It is made of bright pink, probably imported, glazed, worsted fabric. It is patterned in a delightfully idiosyncratic quilting running stitch with a floral center surrounded by four leaf forms, which in turn are surrounded by an over-scale floral and leaf garland and exterior border of half dusters of feathers or leaves. A small female figure is found on the center bottom edge. The background is filled with diagonal lines, and quilting stitches secure pieced mustard wool homespun backing, wool batting filling, and face fabric.

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.


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Maker
American
Title
Wholecloth Quilt
Date
c. 1760–1840
Medium
Wool
Dimensions
85 × 84 in. (215.9 × 213.4 cm) (Face fabric): 24 1/2 in. (62.3 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of the estate of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.76.70
Classification
Textiles
Provenance

[John Kenneth Byard (1905–1960), Silvermine, Norwalk, Connecticut]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, September 12, 1953; Estate of Miss Ima Hogg; given to MFAH, 1976.