Pink Whole-Cloth Quilt

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Pink glazed-wool quilt, backed with unglazed khaki-coloured wool.

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Pink glazed-wool quilt, backed with unglazed khaki-coloured wool. Evenly stitched hand-quilting. Parallel diagonal lines fill the negative space between flowing lines of running feather, bunches of grapes and roses.

This Whole-Cloth quilt is typical of the earliest type of quilting in the Colonies and still retains its original glazed surface. The sheen of the pink fabric was perhaps achieved by burnishing the wool with a smooth stone. Buffing the wool after it had been coated with a mixture of egg white and water would have produced a similar effect.

The quilt is hand-quilted with very regular stitches. Snaking lines of running feather vine encircle tendrils terminating in heavy English roses in full bloom and bunches of grapes, ripe for the picking. Feather patterns border the edges of the quilt. The background space is filled with rows of diagonal lines running across the quilt.

The quilt was formerly part of a collection owned by Cora Ginsburg, a prominent New York dealer who specialized in antique fabric and costume. Acting as a consultant to several prominent American institutions, Ginsburg helped shape the textile collections at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia – one of the inspirations for creating The American Museum in Britain.

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From 1760 to 1780

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» Eastern Seaboard


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