Overall: 97 x 93 x 1/8 in. ( 246.4 x 236.2 x 0.3 cm )
Double-layered white cotton "Marseilles quilt" or coverlet; floral medallion at center within series of rectangular frames decorated with chains, diagonal stripes, and square panels with floral motifs; wide border with honeycomb quilting on four sides.
Gift of Miss Lucille de Luze Foley
handwritten in ink: on one corner of reverse: "L. de L."
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.
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