Tapestry, Quilt - Folk Art - Textiles - 19th century

Tapestry, Quilt - Folk Art - Textiles - 19th century

Log cabin quilt, c. 1875, USA.

Material at the front: silk, cotton, satin. Material at the back: doubling of cotton.

Comparison literature: Peck, American Quilts & Coverlets in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, NY 2007/Robert Shaw: American Quilts. The Democratic Art, NY 2014, p 143ff.
Comparable pieces: arguably Anna Susan Ruddick Trowbridge, Log Cabin Grip Quilt, c. 1875, 85 x 69 cm, Metropolitan Museum, New York, inv.-no. 1967.198.2

From the expertise by Bob Shaw, Shelbourne expert in historical and contemporary quilts:

Log Cabin quilts (blockhouse quilts) from the second half of the 19th century consist of blocks of narrow, interconnected strips of fabric (similar to the walls of a log cabin), arranged around a central square. Each strip was sewn the wrong side up and then folded open and secured in place by pressing it before the next strip was sewn on.

Each of the small blocks, which make up this remarkable log cabin quilt, measure around 24 square centimetres. The small blocks were arranged to create areas of light and dark, which were then arranged in groups of four to create a constant change of large areas of light and dark.

Minor detachments due to age, see photos for details.

Lot details
Quilt, Tapestry
Folk Art
Estimated Period
19th century
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
216×217×0 cm
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