All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Hangings : Pre 1700 item #1194745 (stock #Ch1519)
An Italian or Spanish burgundy velvet altar frontal embroidered with scrolling floral panels and vases of flowers. Framed dimensions: 85.5 x 238.0 cm. 16/17th cent.

Heavily worn. Large areas of the velvet were once appliqued in gold silk, now torn and fragmentary.

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Apparel : Pre 1920 item #1191823
Our superb lace collar from the late 19th or very early 20th century is detailed in back just as on the front. Each element of the lace - flowers, grapes, leaves and so forth - was stitched by hand onto fine, soft netting that's a beautiful color match. I'm not expert enough about textiles to be sure the lace elements are also hand-crafted, but it's certainly possible, given the design quality of the piece and the loving care it's been given...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1168551
This Figural Album Crib Quilt is unusual in several ways. Very few Album Crib quilts were made. More rare is the depiction of people and buildings. The flora and figures are finely detailed. The composition with chintz wreaths and the Mariner's Compass center tops off the outstanding composition. It was made circa 1850; probably New York State. Pinned to the quilt was a calling card of Mrs. Jay Lee Smith...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1163386
Log Cabins have been a popular quilt pattern for more than 150 years but few examples are as superb as this Barnraising. The fabrics; color choices and workmanship combine here to make a richly colored graphic masterpiece. The quilt was made by a Mennonite family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. The fabrics are fine wools; the border is well quilted with a cable pattern...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1159063
Traditional and whimsical appliqued blocks are combined in this fine Album Quilt found in Western Pennsylvania. It is difficult to know whether it was from Maryland or Pennsylvania. The chain gating with flowers appears to be a unique variation. The whole is beautifully framed with a traditional swag and tassel border. Excellent,unwashed condition. Could be laundered to even out the white but some collectors prefer the never washed feel. Measures 96" square.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1140379
The official name of this quilt pattern is 1000 Pyramids but it does not begin to tell the story of this amazing piece. It has 40,4000 triangles on the front! The maker was clearly OCD long before the diagnosis was dreamed up. Even more amazing is that she (presumably) went on to piece the back as well. Squares making up the back are shown in thumbnail photos. Solid color orange and red fabrics are well placed throughout the quilt giving it a bit of a twinkle...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Pre 1837 VR item #1139469
This is an extraordinarily fine roll up sewing case known as a huswif. It is far more elaborately pieced than most. In addition, it has written the initials "CW (and something I cannot make out) For Get Me Not" written in the tiniest cross stitch imaginable. The red wool flap for storage of needles is decoratively embroidered. All of the edges are bound in silk that has some fragility. The pieced diamonds are both wool and cotton. Fully opened, the piece measures 19" long. It is 4" wide...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1132920
Measure just over 17" square, this well sewn sampler depicts a typical Federal house, birds, animals, people, foliate designs, a proverb, and an elephant. In silk thread in teal, green, brown, tan, gray and white on tea stained linen, the sampler is undated, and signed by Caroline Turnbull, aged 8 years. In very good condition, there is a small hole in the lower left corner, and some stitching loss in the white floral elements in the border...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1126785
Here is an Album Quilt like no other. It is done completely in velvets with images of fruits, flowers, animals and vegetables. The figure of a girl stands in the center. Perhaps these are some of her favorite things for who else has seen a quilt with beets; turnips; pears, oranges and carrots? It dates to the 1890's . The front is velvet with a backing of cotton sateen. They are in excellent condition. The satin binding has frayed. The quilt measures 60" x 74"...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1837 VR item #1126759
This LeMoyne Stars is a gem of a crib quilt. The pattern and its scale; fabrics and border combine to make this a special piece. Each star is 3" in diameter. It is professionally mounted on a stretcher that accommodates the quilt's curved corners. It measures 38" x 41 1/2" and can be mounted either vertically or horizontally. Condition is excellent; circa 1830. New York State origin.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Rugs : Pre 2000 item #1078515
Fornasetti designs are one of those classic 20th century things that are instantly recognizable, visually potent but not over the top...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1920 item #1073948
This absolutely stunning Lancaster Amish Bars quilt is one of the best I have seen. The colors are rich and work perfectly together. It is made of the very fine, lightweight wools for which the early Lancaster quilts are known. The stitching, done in black thread, is superb. The body of the quilt is done in a crosshatch pattern with flowers in the inner border and feathered scrolls in the outer border. Condition is excellent; measures 74" x 80". The colors are not as dark as appears in the over...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Rugs : Pre 1920 item #1064556

This antique hand made oriental carpet measures about 4 feet by 7.5 feet (48+ inches by 92+ inches)

It is in very good condition for a carpet that dates circa 1880-1910. It is not full pile but overall it is in good condition with a few low areas, but no major damage or losses. The ends are mostly there and one end even has a selvedge wrap added to protect it. The edges have a few losses with some of the edging rewoven in spots.

It has an pattern of stars within shields or guls in...

All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #1052333
This is a most unusual Patriotic Quilt on two counts. The flags are set in reverse which signifies going into combat. When cavalry officers carried flags, the stars pointed forward and the stripes flowed behind. From this came the tradition of showing reversed flags to indicate the strength of going into battle. Second, the flags are set within a Garden Maze pattern which is probably a unique combination of quilt patterns. It would be interesting to know whether the maker had symbolic intentions...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1910 item #1027738
Hawaiian quilts are prized by collectors for their beauty and rarity. The Royal Hawaiian Flag Quilts are the most scarce. The appliqued lettering on this quilt became the motto of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1843. It translates to - the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. The eight stripes of the border represent each of the islands of Hawaii. This example was probably made in the first years of the 20th century. Some family history is available to purchaser. It has been professional...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #994488
Exuberant Sampler Quilt from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Very well designed with each of the blocks different and all four corners repeating the Carolina Lily pattern. Combination of original and traditional patterns but most unusual is the "Old Homestead" embroidered inscription below the building. In addition to the pieced and appliqued blocks creating a sampler, the quilting patterns do as well. Each block is well quilted with a pattern relating to the appliqued or pieced design. Professio...
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1930 item #977859
Stunningly quilted Hawaiian applique. Echo quilting throughout. I see too few Hawaiian quilts to be familiar with the iconography of the appliqued motifs. This most resembles the Crown of Ka'iulani illustrated in Robert Shaw's "Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces". Excellent condition; professionally laundered. Circa 1930; measures 76" square.
All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Textiles : Quilts : Pre 1900 item #952620
Original pattern floral applique quilt that is simultaneously bold and delicate. The maker took many liberties with nature as the leaves look like oak but the flowers certainly are not. Exceptional quilting. Pristine condition; professionally laundered. Measures 94" x 96". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860.