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L2010.42.35
L2010.42.35
Rose Wreath, about 1850
Valley Station, Kentucky
L2010.42.35
L2010.42.35
Rose Wreath, about 1850
Valley Station, Kentucky

Rose Wreath, about 1850
Cottons
Valley Station, Kentucky
101 x 95 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller L2010.42.35

Beginning in the 1840s, quilts that combined white backgrounds with designs (usually floral) in red and green became increasingly popular. The style seems to have originated in the Middle Atlantic states of Pennsylvania and Maryland before spreading westward. The color combination and patterns used for many red and green quilts relate to the decoration of other household objects of the time, including professionally woven coverlets, decorative floor and wall stenciling, and painted furniture and tinwork. This quilt's symmetrical combination of stylized wreaths and undulating border, for example, is especially reminiscent of woven coverlets and carpets.

 
 
 


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