An Amish Sunshine and Shadow quilt

1925-1935, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Wool, wool crepe, rayon, and cotton with a multicolor center diamond and berry and lavender border, hand quilted in crosshatching, flowers, fruit baskets, and fleur-de-lis with a black speckled cotton backing
81" W x 82" 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. 152-153, exhibited
  • Notes: One of the quintessential Amish patterns alongside Bar and Diamond in the Square is Sunshine and Shadow. Jonathan Holstein notes in his essay for the "Quiet Spirit" exhibition: "I would not want to leave my discussion of Lancaster quilts without pointing out one from this collection I have not mentioned but which I find particularly moving: the serene and perfectly realized Sunshine and Shadow quilt...which is the epitome of the classic Lancaster county creation." (Holstein, "The Aesthetics of Amish Quilts," 94). Also refered to as Grandmother's Dream, Sunshine and Shadow often features radiating diamonds in concentric color bands set into a square with inset squares on all four corners. The present example with its nuanced blend of deeply saturated blues, reds, oranges, and purples is a masterwork.
  • Condition: Overall good condition with a tacking edge to one side. One square with a small hole: approximately .125". A 1" stain to one border. Backside with a fold discoloration to one side.

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