Garfield - Arthur Lone Star Quilt

American
1880


Dimensions

Height x width: 83 x 88 in. (210.8 x 223.5 cm)

Accession Number

2013.1567

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, printed, pieced and quilted, backed with cotton plain weave

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Front has solid yellow ground with large central eight-pointed star made up of paralellogram-shaped pieces. This type of star pattern is known as “Lone Star” or “Star of Bethlehem”. In each corner of the front of the quilt is a small eight-pointed star, each with a portrait in the center. Two feature Chester A. Arthur and say: “Chester A. Arthur, Republican Candidate for Vice President”, and two feature James A. Garfield and say: “James A. Garfield, Republican Candidate for President”. Multi-color fabric makes up the stars in prints such as florals, stripes and plaids. Dominant colors in the stars are red, brown, white, beige, and gray. Yellow and red floral backing. No border.

Provenance

1989, sold by Laura Fisher, New York, NY to Robin and Julie Powell, Villanova, PA; 2013, gift of Powell to the MFA. (Accession date: September 25, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Julie Powell