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1986.12
1986.12
Virginia Mason Ivey
(American, born 1828)
Figural and Floral Quilt, about 1860
Logan County, Kentucky
1986.12
1986.12
Virginia Mason Ivey
(American, born 1828)
Figural and Floral Quilt, about 1860
Logan County, Kentucky
1986.12
1986.12
Virginia Mason Ivey
(American, born 1828)
Figural and Floral Quilt, about 1860
Logan County, Kentucky
1986.12
1986.12
Virginia Mason Ivey
(American, born 1828)
Figural and Floral Quilt, about 1860
Logan County, Kentucky
1986.12
1986.12
Virginia Mason Ivey
(American, born 1828)
Figural and Floral Quilt, about 1860
Logan County, Kentucky

Virginia Mason Ivey
(American, born 1828)
Figural and Floral Quilt, about 1860
Cotton, wool
Logan County, Kentucky
102-1/4 x 85-1/2 in.

Purchased for the Museum through the efforts of the Kentucky Quilt Project, Shelly Zegart, Eleanor Bingham Miller and Jonathan Holstein, and through the generosity of the Bingham Enterprises Foundation of Kentucky, Incorporated, and several anonymous donors 1986.12

In describing her spinster aunt, one of Virginia Ivey's nieces wrote, "She never had any lessons in Art [sic], just her own intent and creative instinct." These qualities served Ivey well; this quilt, made in Logan County, Kentucky (along the Kentucky-Tennessee border in western Kentucky), and another surviving example by Ivey at the Smithsonian Institution reflect the hand of a gifted designer and technician. Ivey was particularly adept at using raised motifs, often of a documentary nature, to decorate her quilts' white grounds. Here, she included the figure of Kentucky statesman and three-time presidential candidate Henry Clay. She copied her heroic depiction from an engraving published in the April 28, 1860, Harper's Magazine that, in turn, reproduced Joel Tanner Hart's statue of Clay erected in New Orleans in 1859.

Though not technically part of the Bingham-Miller family collection, this quilt came to the Speed thanks to Eleanor Bingham Miller and Shelly Zegart, both of whom were leaders of the Kentucky Quilt Project. During the 1980s, the KQP organized a landmark effort to find and record nineteenth-century Kentucky quilts.

 
 
 


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