An Amish Floating Diamond quilt

1910-1920, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Wool and cotton, floating red diamond and square on a grey field with a navy blue border, hand quilted in feather wreaths, eight-point stars, double quilted roses, trailing grapevines and feather garlands with a printed navy blue and white cotton backing
75.25" W x 77" H

  • Provenance: 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. 134, 135, exhibited
  • Notes: "The center diamond design, the third and perhaps most common of the six standard early formats, may have appeared about the same time, or perhaps a little later than the Bars...This pattern seems to me clearly a retention in schematic form of the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century quilt design called in the literature a Framed Center or Center Medallion. This design has a Central Square design field or a diamond on point within a square, with wide outer borders, and usually square corner blocks. The framed center design was made in both England and the U.S., here usually has a high style quilt, using fine chintzes and calicoes and often with broderie perse or other embellishments." (Holstein, "The Aesthetics of Amish Quilts," 88)
  • Condition: Overall good condition with light soiling commensurate with age and use. An older dime-sized repair to the red square. Scattered small holes to blue border. One small hole to the taupe field and with hanging strip to one edge. Backside with one area of soiling: approximately 4" x 2". Some other small discolorations throughout.

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