Friday, June 3, 2022

Chintz of Shells/Swags


Irish Chain quilt from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Shop.
Perhaps 1840s.

An interesting quilt in a transitional style.

Taste in quilts was changing in the years1835-1845. 
Furniture-scale prints like the border here were becoming
passé. Smaller-scale prints in greens and reds were
newly fashionable.

An older look:
Coolidge Family, Massachusetts project & the Quilt Index

Skinner Auction

Online Auction

Quilters combined the older looks with the new: Neat pieced blocks
in primary colors with busy floral borders.

Turkey red mignonettes (cute little prints) with chintz

Copake Auction from a Connecticut estate

It's hard to watch taste (yours & everyone else's taste) change while you have a huge stash of out-of-fashion prints.

People must have had piles of furniture-scale prints, all probably English imports.

A transitional style it seems was a solution to the problem. I'd date these to 1830-1850.

Collection of Ileana Villazon

Do notice these quilts have one very popular shell chintz in the borders.(I picked the quilts for the chintz to show you how available that print was.)

I've found nine different colorways of the floral in a shell set. White plus colored grounds that
could be added to the white. There should be a tenth---a chocolate brown
not so red as the Plum.

The repeat fits in a shell with swags: A bouquet, a floral swag 
and a decorative swag with a bow made
of shall we say peanut-like shapes.

A repeat one could cut out and applique for a border
as in this quilt from the Montgomery County [Maryland] Historical Society.

Attributed to Sarah, Ann & Mercy Holland
Photo from the Baltimore Album Quilts Facebook page.

When you look closely at the peanuts you see there are two versions.

Maybe the same print with the blotch green added ---
with a few new details.

Maybe ten years ago Blue Hill did a reproduction
in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

In several color ways

I still have many yards. Makes a great border.

Marge Pearson's border for our Hospital Sketches
BOM a few years ago.

And Julee Prose's

1 comment:

  1. Those last two pictures - what great work on the borders and the corners.