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Garden of Eden quilt
  • Olive Batchelor Wells
  • Garden of Eden quilt, circa 1840–1860
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, wool, linen, silk, appliqué, embroidering, piecing, beading, stumo work, stuffing, quilting
  • Object Length/Width: 85 1/2 x 76 in
    Object Length/Width: 217.17 x 193.04 cm
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Wells Haren
  • Not on display
  • 1978.0071
Label Text

Large diamond in center with scene of figures surrounded by fruits, flowers and stars. Surrounded by smaller diamonds with fruit and flowers inside. Green leaf border with pine cones(?). Gold trim around the edges.
Stuffed and dressed figures of Adam and Eve, apple trees with stuffed fruit and embroidered biblical inscriptions in the central diamond. Within the outlined diamonds are appliquéd flowers and the quilt is given a border of stuffed grapes and vines. Sig: Verso "From the knitting needles of Dorothy Haren" (D. Haren was the maker's great grandson's wife.)