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Medallion quilt, Bandanna with Four-Patch quilt
  • United States
  • Medallion quilt, Bandanna with Four-Patch quilt, circa 1820–1830
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, chintz, calico, patchwork, piecing, quilting
  • Object Length/Width: 72 1/2 x 60 1/2 in
    Object Length/Width: 184.15 x 153.67 cm
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0900
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Medallion quilt with a handkerchief Bandana patchwork square center and four-patch chintz. Large squares are of blue and white chintz of the toile de Juoy type. The back of the quilt is muslin, quilted in diagonal lines which form squares. The central bandanna of this small quilt dates circa 1820 and illustrates the good and bad habits of English schoolboys. "Going to Church" and "Getting their Tasks" contrast strongly with "Idling with their Kite" and "Playing at Shufle Cap," while the effect on the schoolmaster of these pursuits is graphically portrayed. The monochrome blue pieces are from a pictorial print of the 1820s, produced by John Marshall of Manchester, England. Marshall was in business from 1818 to 1824, and was one of the Lancashire businessmen who sought to manufacture a cheaper roller-printed substitute for the finer designs in copperplate textiles. The pillar print along the upper border dates from 1810-15. The smaller pieces immediately surrounding the bandanna include blue-resists, glazed cotton and lapis prints of 1808-12.