Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bed hanging quilt fragment
  • United States
  • bed hanging quilt fragment, circa 1800–1820
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, linen, toile, chintz, piecing
  • Object Length/Width: 77 1/2 x 50 in
    Object Length/Width: 196.85 x 127 cm
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0902.a,b
Label Text

Fragment of a quilted toile bed hanging in blue and white. The piece is lined with white. Quilted with two inch diagonal blocks. Bound on edge. Bottom edge scalloped. Motifs include full length male and female figures in a tropical setting, boats with sails on masts, and row boats. The motifs are repeated all over the surface of the quilt fragment. In the 17th through early 18th centuries, beds were elaborately dressed with canopies, curtains, and fancy covers. Fragment of a toile de Jouy cotton have been pieced here and then quilted to form part of a bed of such bed furnishings. One fragment in monochrome blue, illustrates episodes from the story of "Paul and Virginia," a romance written by Bernardin de St. Pierre in 1788. This chintz is one of the earliest textiles in the collection.