Textiles and the Triplett Sisters

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Recent Acquisitions

Although the Poos Collection is limiting the number of new acquisitions, this month two important quilts were added to the collection. Not surprisingly both would be considered in the chintz quilt genre of the collection. A cut-out applique quilt, likely English in origin, has some of our favorite famous fabrics that we started tracking in 2012 including some Bannister Hall fabrics. For more information on the many owners of Bannister Hall, please see the link to a previous blog article providing details. When studiying the peacock fabric, it is interesting to the industrial espionage that was taking place. Changing the direction of the head was one way to avoid being accused of "copying." 

The second antique quilt, also likely English, was added because of the chinoiserie panel in the center. This is the second antique quilt with this panel as a part of the Collection, with the first one featured in our book Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection. (Here’s a link to the book.) The first quilt was donated to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln. Previously only 4 other examples of this panel had existed, and this makes the fifth.

Naturally, this led to more research of the medallion starting with the Waldvogel Medallion research which can be found at the link. However, it doesn’t take long for my sister and I through our research to find a rabbit hole to explore. Oh, the wonders we have uncovered! Learning more about early Chintz printing in England in the second half of the 1700s. Exploring coordinating borders printed for curtains, petticoats, industrial espionage, and more….coming soon to our blog!