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Bedcover (Star of Bethlehem Quilt)

A work made of cotton, various plain weaves; printed; some calendarized and glazed; pieced; lined with cotton, plain weave; pieced; batting: cotton; quilted.
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  • A work made of cotton, various plain weaves; printed; some calendarized and glazed; pieced; lined with cotton, plain weave; pieced; batting: cotton; quilted.

Date:

c. 1830

Artist:

United States, New York, possibly Newburgh

About this artwork

This large bedcover presents a spectacular display of stylish English chintz contrasted with plain white cotton fabric and red patterned cotton, likely of American production. Piecing and quilting this brilliant array of fabrics was an ambitious project. Colorful large and impressively complex quilts became increasingly common toward the mid-19th century, as the availability of a broad range of patterned textiles resulted in the creation of quilts for show, fostering friendly competition among quilters.

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Title

Bedcover (Star of Bethlehem Quilt)

Origin

New York

Date

1820–1840

Medium

Cotton, various plain weaves; printed; some calendarized and glazed; pieced; lined with cotton, plain weave; pieced; batting: cotton; quilted

Dimensions

306.7 × 320 cm (120 3/4 × 126 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Donald Young and Shirley Weese Young

Reference Number

2009.1012

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