1840 - 1850 "Tree of Life" Appliqued Quilt

Description
In this variation of the “Tree of Life” design, flowers and long-tailed birds are appliqued beneath a flowering tree on the central panel. It is framed by borders of two appliqued undulating vines with flowers and perching birds. A few of the fabrics used for the appliques are block-printed in red, blue, and brown. The outer 10 ½-inch border is a floral roller-printed fabric. The lining, white cotton, has four blue stamps. One of them is a portrait in a floral wreath with the inscription: “HENRY CLAY THE STAR OF THE WEST THE FRIEND AND PROTECTOR OF AMERICAN INDUSTRY.” It is quilted 11 stitches per inch. The quilt is a fine example of a popular design, “Tree of Life,” often thought to be derived from the patterns found on palampores that were produced in India in the 18th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1840-1850
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 109 in x 104 in; 277 cm x 264 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
TE*T14714
catalog number
T14714
accession number
283472
subject
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilting
Quilts
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Heckman
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