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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- Bedcover (Star of Bethlehem Quilt)
- New York
- Cotton, various plain weaves; printed; some calendarized and glazed; pieced; lined with cotton, plain weave; pieced; batting: cotton; quilted
- 306.7 × 320 cm (120 3/4 × 126 in.)
- Gift of Donald Young and Shirley Weese Young