An Amish Sawtooth Floating Diamond dowry quilt

1920-1930, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Made by the King sisters
Cotton and rayon in lavender and light grey, hand quilted in feather garlands, grapevine wreaths, and roses, with a floral printed cotton backing
82" W x 83" H

  • Provenance: Sale, Peach and Plenty: A Gallery for Quilts, Coverlets and Folk Art, Venice, CA, November 14, 1981
    The Collection of Cindy Tietze-Hodosh and Stuart Hodosh
  • Literature: Donald B. Kraybill et al., A Quiet Spirit: Amish Quilts from the Collection of Cindy Tietze & Stuart Hodosh, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1996, pg. 138, 139, exhibited
  • Notes: "The fourth design, which I believe had a contemporaneous origin with the first Diamonds, it's called Sawtooth and it's just that: a bold diamond in the center of the quilt made with a sawtooth edge...The sawtooth, built from triangles in a clever strip form, was a basic design device in American quilts. It appeared first in borders, then (as were other pieced border elements from early quilts) was later used in larger scale as a design element on a central field. It exists in a non-Amish quilt both in a 'bars' or columnar form, vertical bars with sawtooth edges standing in a contrasting color on a single color field, and in the large central diamond form scene in Lancaster Amish quilts." (Holstein, "The Aesthetics of Amish Quilts," 88)
  • Condition: Overall good condition. One border with discoloration. Scattered light staining throughout: largest 1". A tacking strip sewn to edges.

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