Overall: 128 x 116 x 1/2 in. ( 325.1 x 294.6 x 1.3 cm )
Double-layered white cotton "Marseilles quilt" or coverlet; large circular floral medallion at center surrounded by pineapples, meandering flower sprays, and serpentine vines, within a scalloped border; serpentine vine with flower blossoms bordering edge.
Beginning in the latter half of the eighteenth century, weavers in Manchester, England, produced a double-layered woven cotton meant to resemble fine hand quilting. It was erroneously assumed that this type of cloth came from the French port of Marseilles, hence the term "Marseilles quilting." American merchants used Marseilles quilting for petticoats and men's summer waistcoats as well as ready-made coverlets. Marseilles quilts remained popular well into the nineteenth century.
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
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