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1790 - 1810 Framed Center Pieced Quilt

1790 - 1810 Framed Center Pieced Quilt

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Quilt
date made
1790 - 1810
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 96 in x 91 in; 243.84 cm x 231.14 cm
ID Number
1991.0381.02
accession number
1991.0381
catalog number
1991.0381.02
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert B. Stephens
subject
Quilting
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
Quilts
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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