1790 - 1810 Framed Center Pieced Quilt


This late 18th – early 19th century quilt is pieced in a framed-center pattern. The 13-inch outer border on three sides is a plate-printed cotton. The fanciful flowers, birds, and insects create a dynamic pattern. The fourth side has a large square in a blue floral print on either corner creating a contrast to the mainly brown and beige colors of the other fabrics. The geometric layout of the central portion directs attention to the octagonal center.

The border is a quilted pattern of a vine-with-flower motif. Additionally, the maker seems to have stitched freeform floral designs in each of the triangular pieces. Unfortunately nothing is known of the maker or owner, but the quilt has a wonderful array of fabrics, stunningly assembled.

Date Made: 1790 - 1810

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Quilting


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0381.02Accession Number: 1991.0381Catalog Number: 1991.0381.02

Object Name: Quilt

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 96 in x 91 in; 243.84 cm x 231.14 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-c90b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_556238

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