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Four Baskets Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania

Four Baskets Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Textiles: Quilts: Pre 1900: Item # 574382
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This Four Baskets pattern was immortalized some twenty years ago when it was used as a United States postage stamp. The placement of color in this example makes it even more interesting than most. The use of two colors gives both the original block of two red (it "reads" pink but the material is actually a soft brick color with a white print) and two green baskets. One can see equally prominently a block of four red and four green baskets. Finally, there are diagonal crisscrosses of the two colors. Unwashed condition; several small, light smudges visible with close examination but essentially very clean. Measures 78" x 86": circa 1880. Pennsylvania origin.