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Coverlet

Object Number: 
1945.521
Date: 
1780-1830
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 133 x 115 1/2 x 1/2 in. ( 337.8 x 293.4 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Double-layered white cotton "Marseilles quilt" or coverlet; geometric motif at center with scattered blossoms within feathered circular frame, surrounded by two serpentine borders, the innermost with a pineapple at each corner; outer rectilinear border with alternating leaves and blossoms; stylized plant motif surrounding edge.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group