An European devotional picture finely painted on vellum, showing a scourged Jesus Christ presented by Pontius Pilate to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion, inscribed "Ecce homo" meaning "behold the man". Bordered by padded embroidery on silk with couched metal threads, silk and sequins. Velvet border and antique hardwood frame and glass. Condition: vellum with a short slit, traces of usage, slightly faded, some wear...
Rare 19th Century needlepoint of a young girl feeding a deer while a playful cat is rolling under a table. In its original frame, which in itself is quite unusual, this was a memorial piece as evidenced by the broken tree/trees symbolizing a life cut short. We don't know much about its history except that it belonged to a New England family who retired in North Carolina. It measures 24 inches high and 21" wide. The photos are shot out of the frame and in the frame. Dates mid or early 1800's.
Diamonds in Squares quilt done in deep indigo calico. Triple grid forms Nine Patch intersections for an additional pattern. Professionally laundered; excellent condition. Nicely quilted. Measures 70" x 78". Signed on the back in red thread "Julie N W". Circa 1880.
To the best of my knowledge, this quilt pattern of crossed leaves is an original design. Barbara Brackman illustrated a similar one in her Encyclopedia of Applique (item 23.7) that was seen on an album quilt dated 1846 but I do not know of others.
This quilt is made with exquisite workmanship. All of the applique, including the border are stuffed. While it looks like both are solid colors, on close examination one sees a tiny print in the teal fabric...
Charming antique beaded belt, featuring flowers interspersed with blue checkerboard designs and bordered with a blue loop fringe. Good condition; three tiny repairs and losses to fringe; yellow silk lining is deteriorating. Measures 24”.
For the collector of fine Persian trappings and weavings, a very fine Senneh bagface, dating from the second half of the 19th Century, in fine condition (one very old repair in one of the corners). This unusual weaving measures 20" by 40".
From our Indian Subcontinent Collection, a fine 19th century Lahore carpet featuring wool on wool construction, utilizing a vibrant palette dominated primarily by various blue on blue hues, accented with burgundy, taupe, cream, lilac and green.
Size and Condition: 11 3/4 feet x 8 3/4 feet. Great pile throughout, strong coloration with only slight oxidation. Remains of original fringe still present, but trimmed...
Lovely antique floral microbeaded reticule, in vivid colors. The background is bright turquoise-tinged blue; a vine of many colored morning glories climbs up the right half of the purse. Missing half of the beaded twist fringe; two repairs at the top; a few small scattered areas of missing beads; replaced liner. But a beautiful, mostly intact example of micro beadwork. Measures 8” long by 5 3/4'” wide; fringe adds 1 1/2”.
Soft and fresh streamlined Floral Wreath pattern quilt. Unusual to have a nine block applique pattern from the 1920's; they are typical of the 19th century. Well quilted; lovely colors. Newly laundered. Measures 81" square; Pennsylvania origin.
It is difficult to imagine that a quilt as fresh and crisp in condition as this Nine Patch is more than 125 years old. It was obviously packed away and never saw the light of day. Beautiful fabrics; wonderful zigzag border makes a great frame. Quilting in off blocks done in the same nine patch design as the primary pattern. Border quilted with diagonal lines. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; measures 76" x 90".
It's difficult to say whether or not the maker of this Fifteen Point Lone Star Quilt set out to make this pattern or whether it got out of control. In either case, it is likely unique. It is interesting that five point stars surround the central image and the overall star essentially has five sides. So maybe this was all intentional? Unwashed, immaculate condition. Wonderful selection of fabrics. Measures 80" square; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This unusual Center Medallion would be described by most as a mother-daughter quilt. The center pieced and appliqued original design was done in the 1860's and the outer frames completed some twenty or thirty years later.
The center is a quirky and original design surrounded by more traditional tulips. The red outer frames are done in a calico print from the late 19th century. The quilt has been professionally laundered...
Initially, this pattern looks as though it consists of large pieced triangles. In actuality, they are made up of strips about one inch in width. Wonderful 1870's fabrics. The reverse is pieced in squares. No flaws on the front. A blotch is visible in the photo of the reverse side. Measures 73" x 74". Pennsylvania origin.
This Cheater's Cloth quilt (aka Faux Patchwork) is a beautiful Tumbling Blocks pattern done in rich shades of brown. The back is an equally pleasing check that is often erroneously referred to as homespun but in fact, is machine made.The quilt is in pristine, unwashed condition. Measurements are 70" x 82". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
This 20 block Album quilt is a wonderful combination of original blocks with a few traditional. Each one is signed with information available about the signers. My favorite is the finely appliqued horse from whose mouth is written in ink "I'll take my oats". Other blocks have birds, butterflies and hands.
The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 72" x 94". New Jersey origin; dated 1867.
This classic Lone Star (aka Star of Texas or Star of Bethlehem) quilt is finely pieced and quilted. The solid colors add punch to the dramatic pattern. The scalloped edge, in addition to the elaborate quilting, adds softness to this very bold design. Measurements are 84" x 86" to the outside edges of the scallops; pristine condition. Berks County, Pennsylvania; circa 1920.
This beautiful applique quilt appears to be an original pattern alternating with traditional oakleaves. The red fabric is as unusual as the pattern. It is very well quilted with wreaths between the applique. The centers have different designs including hearts; stars; apples; flowers and a pear.
The quilt is in excellent unwashed condition. There is slight unevenness to the background that could be remedied with a wash but I don't feel it is necessary.
Measurements are 86" x 88"...
Beautiful Feathered Diamonds Quilt with a diagonal sashing. The white open diamonds highlight the fine quilting of feather patterns. The sawteeth, or feathers, are done with a wonderful variety of fabrics. Excellent, unwashed condition. Measures 80" x 96". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.