Coverlet

Object Number: 
1940.58
Date: 
1780-1830
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 105 1/2 x 97 x 1/2 in. ( 268 x 246.4 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Double-layered white (now badly discolored) cotton "Marseilles quilt" or coverlet; large oval medallion at center within wide rectangular frame decorated with flower pots, meandering vines, bunches of grapes, and scattered blossoms; 12-pointed star at each corner.
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 Adelaide Milton de Groot
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group