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1790 - 1810 Framed Center Pieced Quilt

1790 - 1810 Framed Center Pieced Quilt

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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.
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Object Name
date made
1790 - 1810
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
overall: 96 in x 91 in; 243.84 cm x 231.14 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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