Tabby-weave cotton face and back; cotton filling. This quilt shows the eagle spreading its wings without the usual framing. A coiled floral garland forms an exterior border. In the talons of the eagle are olive branches and spearheads, while thirty-three stars float above the halo. The figural elements have been given extra stuffing to raise them above the latticed ground of the quilt. Such enhancement has been referred to as stuffed-work, Marseilles, or trapunto quilting and is applied within the borders established by the quilting stitches that unite the face, back, and ordinary layer of filling.

Related examples: Carlisle 1957, pp. 10-11; Betterton 197S, p. 125.

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. 1859–1861
Medium
Cotton
Dimensions
84 × 73 3/4 in. (213.3 × 187.3 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.63.150
Classification
Textiles
Provenance

[Mary Allis Antiques, Southport, Connecticut]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, September 26, 1963; given to MFAH.