Folk Art Bedspread
Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Wool, satin, velvet, cotton, and knits; appliqued and embroidered. Style/Period/Movement: Folk art Physical Description: There are five vignettes around the perimeter and in the center of the beadspread. The vignettes are on a black wool background. The center has a robin and two eggs in a nest, with "Sam" embroidered on the bird. There is also a bluebird with "Amilia" embroidered on it. Around the outer perimeter: 1. A blue castle and an outhouse with "MEN" embroidered on it. 2. An Indian village, with two teepees, on with "Chief" written on it. 3. A farm, with a house, a pond, a garden, and an outhouse with "Star" emboridered on it. 4. A forest with trees, animals, a skunk family and a woman. The border is made of wool felt attached with a blanket stitch. The backing fabric is a worn, patched and faded rose-colored cotton. Some of the embroidery has come through on the back of the bedspread. The black wool background fabric had a pile that has worn off. The area below the skunks shows the original pile particularly well. Perhaps the fabric had another use before it was appliqued. Exhibition History:Oral traditions quilt symposium, "Pennsylvania Treasure-Trove"F&M College, June 15-17, 1990. Collection or Donor:From the Robert L. Schaeffer Jr. Collection donated to the college in 1987. It is said that Schaeffer (American 1918-2001) , an avid collector of American folk art, often crossed paths with the Duponts. The collection largely represents a narrow geographic region consisting of Pennsylvania German objects and was accumulated over four decades. Robert L. Schaeffer, Jr. purchased quilt from Hatti Brunner (1890-1982), Antiques dealer from Reinholds, Pennsylvania in the 1950s.
59 x 64 inches