Quilt

American
1875–1900


Object Place: United States; Place of Creation: USA

Dimensions

Overall: 177.8 x 157.5 cm (70 x 62 in.)

Accession Number

2010.750

Medium or Technique

Silk plain and float weaves, satins, and velvets; pieced and tied. Wool twill backing

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Light/dark variation “log cabin” quilt formed with blocks made of pieced narrow strips of contrasting black and polychrome silk fabrics (float weaves, failles, satins, and velvets, likely taken from women’s dresses and men’s waistcoats.) The contrasting black/light silk squares form an allover pattern of repeating cross shapes. Scalloped border made of pieced triangular black and light silks, edged with burgundy silk piping. Red silk ribbon ties bind layers together. Quilt backed with light blue wool twill weave.

Provenance

Mabelle Little Ingraham (b. 1898), Maine; 1972, gift of Ingraham to her daughter and son in-law, Margaret and Peter I Goldman, Newton, MA; 2010, gift of the Goldmans to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 24, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Peter and Margaret I. Goldman