Inscribed (cross-stitched on upper corner of backing): i.t. (refers to the owner, who was not necessarily the maker).

Tabby-weave wool face and back; wool filling; wool thread. The three-panel, plus partial widths, face of this quilt is of deep pink, probably imported, glazed, worsted fabric. It is patterned with quilting running stitches in creamish-gold thread that create a spreading Tree of Life center. From an inverted heart, with crosshatch filling, spring three vines: the middle vine moves up the center and branches off to fill the field with vines that curve down- ward to enclose bold flowers and leafy surrounds: the left and right vines curve downward on either side of the heart. An undulating leaf garland forms border at sides and bottom. Quilting stitches secure gold backing, wool filling, and face fabric. The panel has been notched to accommodate bed foot post.

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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Maker
American
Title
Wholecloth Quilt
Date
c. 1780–1840
Medium
Wool
Dimensions
92 1/4 × 100 in. (234.3 × 254 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.62.25
Classification
Textiles
Provenance

Acquired by Miss Ima Hogg on September 28, 1962, from Curtis Tavern, West Granville, Mass.