A medallion style quilt, such as this one, is characterized by a central motif that appears only once. A series of borders usually surrounded the medallion to complement and accentuate it. This particularly brilliant shade of red may be from a synthetic dye or natural "Turkey red" dye. Turkey red, named because it was originally produced in Turkey, was popular with quilters because it was colorfast. It predated the less expensive manufactured aniline dyes developed in 1856.


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Artist
American
Title
Appliquéd and Pieced Quilt
Date
c. 1860–1870
Medium
Cotton
Dimensions
(Irregular): 82 1/4 × 84 in. (208.9 × 213.4 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, given by friends of Donna Fleming in her memory

Current Location
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
FOLK ART ROOM
Accession Number
B.99.23
Classification
Textiles
Provenance

[Stella Rubin, Potomac, Maryland]; purchased by MFAH, 1999.