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Wholecloth quilt

ca. 1886
Made in New England, United States
88 3/4 x 85 1/4 in. (225.4 x 216.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alfred Reginald Allen, 1986
Accession Number:
Not on view
Both the front and back of this whole-cloth quilt are constructed of four panels of fabric, which are stitched together by sewing machine. Three of the panels are approximately twenty-four inches wide each, and the partial last panel is eleven inches wide. The front is printed with a trompe-l'oeil patchwork in red, browns, and pink and shows scenes from Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Mikado. The back is printed with a trompe-l'oeIl Crazy patchwork illustrating the yadils in the 1886 America's Cup race. The quilt is knotted through the two fabric layers and the cotton batting with heavy white cotton thread in eight-inch intervals; the knots are at the corners of the diamond-shaped "blocks" in the Mikado pattern.
Inscription: inscribed on front: [various descriptive sentences about "Mikado" scenes]; inscribed on the back: [names of the yachts]
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