Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection

Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection

by Linda Eaton
     
 

In this pioneering publication, Winterthur's renowned quilt collection is presented through dazzling color photographs that showcase rich fabrics and skillful needlework techniques. The letters of twenty-three-year-old Mary Remington, a dedicated quilt maker, and the extraordinary whitework quilt she made in 1815-the only known example of an American quilted coat of… See more details below

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In this pioneering publication, Winterthur's renowned quilt collection is presented through dazzling color photographs that showcase rich fabrics and skillful needlework techniques. The letters of twenty-three-year-old Mary Remington, a dedicated quilt maker, and the extraordinary whitework quilt she made in 1815-the only known example of an American quilted coat of arms-provide themes for the book, which looks at the quilts through the lives of their makers. Among the reproductions included-many are being seen here for the first time-are quilts that express religious faith or commemorate marriages and other family connections; quilts in support of political candidates, made by women who could not vote; quilted bedspreads with matching quilted valances and dressing-table covers pictured in room settings; and much more.

This exquisite presentation provides a rare opportunity to view the strengths of the Winterthur quilt collection-highlighting examples from the period of the early American republic-and to understand how the economics and politics of the time affected quilt materials and design in the early nineteenth century.

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Library Journal

Eaton is curator of textiles at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, the ancestral home of Henry Francis du Pont. This companion text to a major 2007 Winterthur exhibit highlights more than 40 quilts and other textiles from the 17th to the 19th centuries, many of which have not been exhibited before. The exhibit's focal point is a whitework quilt made by Mary Remington of Warwick, RI, in 1815. This bed covering includes the only known example of an American coat of arms incorporated into a quilt. Intertwined with the display of remarkable quilts is Remington's life story, as told through her letters. A richly illustrated scholarly treatment that will appeal to the textile historian, the quilter, and the student of 19th-century American history; highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.


—Jan Zlendich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810930124
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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