Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Southern Spin: Cousins 2

Yesterday we looked at Christina Hays Malcom's 1873 quilt
from the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art.
The design has a few characteristics.

Perhaps the most important is the spinning pinwheel
with the objects hanging on the ends. This four-block is missing the secondary leaf pattern in Christina's classic but it has everything else including the watermelon border.

From the Arizona project & Lenna DeMarco's collection

Amazing how many photos I have of similar quilts.

Most of these are from online auctions.

We've been looking at distinctive Southern patterns over at the QuiltHistorySouth
Facebook page and this design seems to be one of them.

There's also a group with other secondary patterns,
sort of leaves, sort of flowers.

Some have six arms, some eight

Bashie Smith Christian, Waco Texas
From the Texas project and the Quilt Index

Garth's Auction, from Susan Parrish's collection to Julie Silber's

Tennessee project by Sophronia White

And as time passes things get simpler. Fewer tight curves to applique. Fewer pieces.

From Marie Miller's inventory

20th century

From Laura Fisher's Inventory

And then things get strange:

From the Wyoming Project
In Art History we'd call it mannerism.

More and more mannered.
Further from the source.


Further and further from the source

And the source?

A classic abstract floral filling up a square:
As in this embroidered cotton bedcover.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sallie Kasinger Williams, Waynesboro, Tennessee
Dated 1792


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