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Maker's Initials "R.H.V."

Pieced Quilt (Strips with Four Patch on Point)
about 1825 New England
chintzes and calicoes; quilted in clamshell
96 5/8 x 98 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia Smith Melton

The vertical flow of this strip-patterned quilt is enhanced by the imagery printed on the monotone chintz—a pillar design. A purely English phenomenon (European textile manufacturers never produced such fabrics), between 1800 and 1835 architectural columns garlanded with flowers found particular favor with affluent and fashion-conscious Americans. With its strong vertical emphasis, the pillar—often flanked by rows of wicker baskets overflowing with fruit—was ideal for floor-length bedroom curtains and for strips and borders on quilts.