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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.05.2010

A Stitch in Time


[Rare quilt of glazed pink and green worsted, American, late 18th/early 19th century © Sotheby's.]

We've been talking about some of the new millennium's most popular pieces that have roots in centuries-old design, and there's buzz about the return of quilts, so I couldn't pass this by. Those bold glossy pink zig-zags look rather modern, don't they? But this quilt was made 200 years ago in New England. It is one of the lots in Sotheby's upcoming Important Americana sale, Friday and Saturday, January 22-23. The auction catalog notes that the design incorporates panels of glazed light jade green and salmon and coral pink zig-zags with undulating vine and diagonal line quilting.

By the way, in Atlanta Gramercy carries Madeline Weinrib's zig-zag pillows and rugs.

Related past posts:

Lahariya

Lahariya II

P & P's Forever Pieces

Craft and High Style

9 comments:

Karena said...

Oh, and the quilts I pretty much gave away after my American Country Living phase!! A small fortune I can assume?!

little augury said...

Oh my, that is out of this world. It boggles the mind-200 years, pattern colour, perfect. Thank you for bringing it to my attention-only better perhaps would be to own it-and would I ever. GT

Emile de Bruijn said...

Yes, looking at the taste in colour of past ages is fascinating. The colour schemes of Robert Adam, the eighteenth-century architect, for instance, feel rather extreme to our current sensibilities: Wedgewood blue with terracotta red, fleshy pink with olive green, very light and dainty colours combined with strong and brooding ones. Occasionally it seems positively hideous, but it must have bien the dernier cri in the 1760s.

La Maison Fou said...

I was in Pottery Barn the other day, they had some great pillow covers with the cream / chartruse green zig zag pattern. I am contemplating ........
Leslie

This Photographer's Life said...

That is such a beautiful quilt! I love how style is so cyclical...

Rachel said...

Even the colors are of the moment!

I find the quilts of the ladies of Gee's Bend utterly timeless, as well.

Shani said...

That is so pretty and amazing!

Janet said...

Just goes to prove that our fore-mothers were not quite as stodgy as we think! Wink.

Material Girls- Emily said...

Wow I can't believe that quilt is from 200 years ago! Looks like something from the present day- beautiful! Love the colors.