Antique whole cloth quilts in the French
style of quilting, called "Boutis", are characterized by elaborately stitched
patterns and details applied to a single, large piece of fabric. This
style featured the stitching and design prowess of the maker and so were often
very well done. They often became treasured heirlooms which are handed
down in families and rarely become available for sale.
This piece is a fine example of the whole
cloth quilt style and is in fabulous condition! At 8 even stitches per
inch in three distinct patterns, this late 19th century Bride's quilt was
probably made by a favorite aunt or grandmother for the newly betrothed's
wedding bed. The central wedding ring pattern is surrounded by two
decorative bands that perfectly frame the piece. On one side of the quilt
there is a small area of spotting, about 1/2 inch, likely ink, and another pale,
pale spot that eluded me the first time over. Also on one corner there is
a very pale spotty area, all shown below. One side of the piece is
nearly perfect with just a wee bit of the corner problem coming through.
The "problem" side is shown fully below and, as you can see, the "flaws" are
just not an issue. There are no broken threads and no frayed edges.
This piece was lovingly stored and cared for all these years and has been
freshly hand laundered by me using the very best textile conservator's
techniques. Superb condition. c.1880 - 1900 66" X 88"
Shown below on my c.1850's iron double bed.