Wool Appliqué Quilt

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Description

Heavy quilt pieced with narrow strips of blue wool, which slightly overlap and thus create a ribbed effect.

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Heavy quilt pieced with narrow strips of blue wool, which slightly overlap and thus create a ribbed effect. Flowers, birds and other motifs have been appliquéd in wool, with embroidery for the finer detail. Around the edge of the quilt is a border of geometric blue and pink woollen tongues. The backing has been replaced several times.

The centre of this quilt is an appliquéd variation of the Rose of Sharon design (see 1959.115). This pattern was popular in the mid-nineteenth century and was often used for Bride’s quilts. Closer inspection of this quilt, however, suggests that this is not the case here. The mood of the quilt is one not of joy but of sombre remembrance. In the bottom left-hand corner of the quilt is a cross that appears to be on a mound of earth (or a grave). Alongside this is an anchor, often associated with the sea but also used as a Christian symbol to represent the hope of eternal life.

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Dated

From 1825 (circa) to 1835 (circa)

Keywords

death, mourning, ,

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Materials

» wool (textile)
» cotton (textile)
» cotton (fibre)

Technique

» piecing
» hand sewing
» patchwork
» appliqué (technique)
» embroidering

Production place

» New England

Collection

» Textile Collection

Dimensions

250x201cm

Object number

1971.17

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