Antique Quilts: From Stella Rubin Antiques, Quilt expert and author

Old Italian Block Quilt: Circa 1860

Old Italian Block Quilt: Circa 1860


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Quilts: Pre 1900: Item # 1290241
 $2,875 
$2875.

The name of this quilt pattern, Old Italian Block, is a mystery to me but it seems to be well established. This example is done with a glorious combination of stunning fabrics. All are in unwashed, pristine condition. The outer border is a highly glazed chintz. Oddly, the back is a cotton muslin. One would have expected a "dressier" choice given the front but perhaps she the maker indulged all she could with the front of the quilt. It is quilted throughout with blocks of diamonds. Measurements are 90" x 92": circa 1860.