From Steve Kane Quilts and Folk Art. Light / Dark "CLOCKS" Variation.
Size: 60 inches by 60 inches. "AS IS" due to Backing Fabric deterioration. Although this could be a very decorative bedcover, it is recommended for display not use. A Conservator could stabilize the deterioration of the backing (see photo) with a clear tape. The dramatic LIGHT / DARK contrasts of the glorious silk fabrics are arranged in the "Log Cabin" Square with rectangular "logs" around a central Burgundy square that is the chimney.
Although generally a country pattern made with cottons or wools, this pattern was adapted to the rich, shiny fabrics of wealthy urban tastes as it is here exemplified by this probably Quaker-made quilt. Quakers were often wealthy merchants and landowners who were accustomed to fine silks and linens for clothing and home decoration.
The designation "CLOCKS" refers to the "12-3-6-9" motif which results from the right angles of the logs. " This is often called "COURTHOUSE STEPS in some Log Cabin quilts. The "Log Cabin" construction dates back to the fabrics of the ancient Egyptians who left them as wrappings and offerings in tombs where they were expected to perform as they must have in daily Egyptian life. "AS IS" = SUITABLE FOR RESTORATION AND/OR FRAMING FOR DISPLAY: As you can see in the photo of the backing the silk fabric used has deteriorated along one particular'stripe', which appears twice on the backing. A Nineteenth Century printing attempt went awry here.Often cutting edge printing techniques did not succeed or the mordant color fixer contained iron which has deteriorated. This fault does not show on the front/good side except at the binding edge on only one side of the quilt. A restorer/framer can stabilize this quilt and prepare it for framing and display. Under glass it would be stable, protected and ready for a hundred plus years of visual pleasure. Your courage in assuming this project will be well rewarded. The AMERICAN QUILT is as uniquely American as Jazz, the Blues, or the Broadway Musical. A bed or a wall covered with an antique handmade quilt is the expression of baronial comfort as splendid as any found in castle or palazzo. Whether in townhouse or farmhouse these utilitarian and artistic textiles were produced in styles as diverse as couture and country in fine silks and in scrap cottons.
The quilting of a pieced-together design on a base fabric to be used as a bedcovering was an achievement of American independence and self-expression that was taken up from Baltimore to the Hawaiian Islands. Today these treasures will enliven and complement every decor. In color and texture quilts are companions of modern finishes and materials.
In scale the aesthetic daring of the Quiltmaker rivaled that of the Muralist. It was not surprising then that so much of the American home was given to the display of quilts, to their production, and thankfully to their preservation. Quilts are the perfect gift for anyone for any occasion and a luxurious necessity for everyone. The item "For Display LOG CABIN Quilt 60 x 60, c. 1880-1890, shiny Silks, Satins" is in sale since Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Linens & Textiles (Pre-1930)\Quilts\Completed Quilts". The seller is "notl2873" and is located in Woodside, New York.
This item can be shipped worldwide.