Flying Geese

  • Unidentified, Flying Geese, ca. 1840, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia Smith Melton, 1998.149.22

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Both Flying Geese and Honeycomb are examples of patterned American quilts made from luxurious samples of calicoes and chintzes imported from France and England. Calico cotton fabrics, used primarily for dressmaking, were printed with small, repeated patterns of floral or abstract designs; chintz was a glazed cotton cloth printed with large, single-colored designs of flowers and birds. These elaborately painted fabrics originally came from India, but by the mid-1700s printing methods had been developed in England and France to replicate the Indian technique of hand painting.

Flying Geese
ca. 1840
On View
Not on view.
35 5/8 x 38 3/4 in. (90.5 x 98.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia Smith Melton

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