Phebe Warner Coverlet

Maker: Probably Sarah Furman Warner Williams (born 1764)

Date: ca. 1803

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Linen and cotton

Dimensions: 103 1/4 x 90 1/2 in. (262.3 x 229.9 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Catharine E. Cotheal, 1938

Accession Number: 38.59


Made in about 1803 for Phebe Warner of New York, this bedcover's design relates more closely to eighteenth-century sources than to those of the nineteenth century. The maker was influenced by the central flowering-tree motif common to popular imported Indian bed hangings, called "palampores," as well as by the pastoral landscape needlework pictures often worked by young women. The coverlet's linen ground is appliquéd with large-patterned cotton chintzes and printed linens, as well as smaller-patterned cotton calicos and plaids, most of which were made in England.