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Bed cover

Bed cover

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1870-99 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    patchwork of printed cottons.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Foster Sterns

  • Museum number:

    T.99-1936

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of four American patchwork quilts in the collection. American patchwork designs showing large central stars have been given various names in the past and, as well as 'Rising Star', 'Star of Bethlehem' and 'Lone Star', these have also been known as 'Blazing Star' and, more regionally, 'Lone Star of Texas'. Although complete, this bed cover does not have an outer border. On other examples this usually takes the form of squares or stripes of plain or patterned fabrics.

Despite their association with America, large star designs are not exclusive to that country as British examples have been traced back as far as the late eighteenth century.

Physical description

Quilted patchwork of printed cottons in a 'star of Bethlehem' design: a large eight-pointed star constructed from equal-sized diamonds of printed cotton. The star is surrounded by a rust-coloured fabric which has a small-scale, printed design. The quilt is lined with brown printed cotton. It is quilted through three layers in a simple linear design which follows the direction of the patchwork diamonds.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1870-99 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

patchwork of printed cottons.

Object history note

Given by the donor together with T.98-1936. This is one of four American patchwork quilts in the Museum's collection.

Historical context note

The quilt relies on the choice of small patterned printed cottons for the boldness and clarity of its design. Stripes, dots and variations of other simple repeating designs are used. The only floral design in the quilt, a flamboyant navy blue and white 'art nouveau' design, is also the easiest to date and suggests that the quilt was made at the end of the nineteenth century.

American patchwork designs showing large central stars have been given various names in the past and, as well as 'Rising Star', 'Star of Bethlehem' and 'Lone Star', these have also been known as 'Blazing Star' and, more regionally, 'Lone Star of Texas'. Although complete, this bed cover does not have an outer border. On other examples this usually takes the form of squares or stripes of plain or patterned fabrics. Despite their association with America, large star designs are not exclusive to that country as British examples have been traced back as far as the late eighteenth century.

Descriptive line

quilted patchwork, 1870-99, USA; Star, printed cottons

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Linda Parry, 'A Practical Guide to Patchwork from the Victoria and Albert Museum' (London, 1987) pp.62-3

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Patchwork; Quilting

Subjects depicted

Star

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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