Star of Bethlehem with Pomegranate Trees Quilt

Appliqued Quilt
Pieced quilt

American, New York
about 1850

Object Place: New York, USA


Height x width: 222.3 x 218.4 cm (87 1/2 x 86 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Appliqued and pieced cotton plain weave top with stuffed work, cotton plain weave back and binding; quilted

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Appliqued and pieced quilt with star of Bethlehem in red and undyed cotton in the center appliqued with four pomegrante or oak trees at the corners and smaller plants (pineapples?) at four cardinal points, pairs of fruit on tree branches made of dark yellow/orange and red halves and stuffed; green serpentine border with red stars and flowers; bound with green cotton plain weave; undyed cotton plain weave backing. 11 sitches per inch


Before 2013, acquired by Gerald E. Roy, Warner, NH; 2013, sold by Roy to the MFA. (Accession date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Elizabeth M. and John F. Paramino Fund in memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor, Helen B. Sweeney Fund, Textile Income Purchase Fund, Mary L. Smith Fund, Joyce Arnold Rusoff Fund, and Alice J. Morse Fund