Strip set quilt from a Bonham's auction
The Pheasant and Palm Tree print was one of the the most popular prints with American quilters in the first half of the 19th-century.
Palm tree above a single pheasant;
a sort of a passion flower or hibiscus to the right with a loopy outline.
You learn to recognize it wherever you see it.
In the center of a medallion quilt attributed to
Betsy Crocker in Dayton, Montgomery County,
Ohio. Found in the Ohio project and pictured in their book,
Quilts in Community.
Betsy's quilt, unusual in Ohio, would be right at home
along the Eastern Shore in Maryland and Virginia.
See similar medallions here:
From the Rhode Island project & the Quilt Index
In a time of busy pattern, quiltmakers seemed to think it the
Stenciled blocks by Olivia Dunham Barnes
American Museum of Folk Art.
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Gift of Patricia Cox
Winterthur Museum collection.
An accent to any design.
Once in Margaret Cavigga's collection
Many applique artists cut the trees out and rearranged
them into their Broderie Perse designs.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mary Malvina Cook Taft
Others thought the fabric perfect for wholecloth
I've been collecting photos of the print and trying to figure out where it came from and how we can use it to date quilts. More tomorrow and for a couple more days.