Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Fan quilt
  • United States
  • Fan quilt, circa 1880–1910
  • Where object was made: United States
  • embroidering, appliqué, velvet, silk, piecing, quilting
  • Object Length/Width: 72 1/16 x 72 1/16 in
    Object Length/Width: 183.04 x 183.04 cm
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0049
Label Text

Quilt with navy blue velvet block, embroidery and appliquéd fans, and feather-stitching. The fans are made from multicolored/patterned pieces. There are small fans around the border. Lined with tan colored sateen, which has been quilted by machinery. The bright silks pieced together and appliquéd to a black velvet ground illustrate the late Victorian enthusiasm for decoration. There are 81 pieced silk fans in this quilt.