I am afraid some of the photographs came out rather dark, but I hope there is sufficient detail for you to see the beauty of the work.
Floral Urn Chintz Applique Quilt Top c. mid-19th century - made by Mary Frampton Townsend Pope
|Pope Quilt Top c. mid-19th century|
|Close-up of left hand border and broderie perse|
|Close-up of border chintz fabric|
|Close-up of central urn and bird showing deterioration of fabric in the urn base|
Mary (1804 - 1861), was the daughter of Daniel Townsend jr. and Hepsibah Jenkins of Charleston. Mary married John Jeremiah Pope of the Oaks Plantation in Frogmore (near Beaufort) and the quilt came to the museum in 1988 through her great grand-daughter.
Tree of Life Applique Quilt Top c.1840 - made by Maria Boyd Schultz
|The Tree of Life Applique Chintz top c.1840|
|Close-up of right border|
|Close-up of bottom left corner - note the giraffe and greek style temples|
Maria Boyd Schultz (1806 - 1883) was the daughter of John Christopher Schultz, a travelling merchant and Susan Flud Cantey of Charleston. Maria was the eldest of nine children, but she never married and the quilt passed down through her sister's family.
Basket of Fruit Chintz Applique Quilt c. 1840 - probably made by Margaret Eliza Darley Seyle Burges
|Basket of Fruit Chintz Applique Quilt c. 1840|
|As above photograph with view of border|
|Central basket of flowers|
|Close-up of bird motif|
|Close-up of border|
|Close-up of basket motif|
This quilt was probably made by the same person who made the Burges Tree of Life Applique Quilt seen in part 1 as it passed down through the same family. The central basket in the centre was a popular motif as it appears on another three quilts in the Charleston Museum collection (not on display). The International Quilt Study Centre and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska also has a quilt with this fruit basket, which is also attributed to Charleston. The quilt is quilted in clamshell pattern throughout with large overlapping arcs in the floral border.
Piece of Chintz fabric c.1835 - Made by John Lowe and Company, England
|Piece of Chintz Fabric c. 1835|
Some individual blocks c. 1830's - 1850's
and.... the chintz applique quilt top that got away...!
The day after visiting the Museum I went out on a trip to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and having recovered from seeing and being so close to alligators (I do not like reptiles and I had no idea that they lived naturally in South Carolina, I always associate them with southern Florida) I took a tour of the house - unfortunately, no photographs were allowed. I kept my eyes peeled though and sighted a reproduction Baltimore Album Quilt and reproduction Eagle applique quilt plus a 1930's feedsack Butterfly quilt. But, in the master bedroom and very hard to see because we were roped off too far away, was what looked to be an 1850's Blazing Star quilt with chintz broderie perse in the corners. I hung around at the end to see if I could get a closer look but it was not to be - soooo frustrating to be so near and yet so far!
In my next blog, most probably at the weekend, I will upload my photographs of the quilts that were on display at the DAR Museum in Washington DC, my next port of call.
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