Rose of Sharon - Variation
Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Appliqued Cotton. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: This quilt is a variation of the Rose of Sharon pattern, popular in the mid 19th century and also during the 1920nulls and 1930nulls. The Rose of Sharon pattern references a biblical passage found in The Song of Solomon 2 "I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters." It is believed that the Rose of Sharon actually symbolized a tulip that is native to Palestine. Often, Rose of Sharon Quilts were made to celbrate marriage. Traditionally, the quilts were made of red and green fabrics on a white background. Typically they take the form of a repeating circular floral pattern but there are many variations that devleoped. It is also known as the Whig Rose, Democrat Rose, Wild Prarie Rose, Colonial Rose, Kentucky Rose, and Mexican Rose (para. Judy Anne Breneman, http://www.patternsfromhistorty.com/bible.quilt/bible_rose.htm). This quilt has five full panels and four half panels. It is made of solid red cotton fabric as well as green, yellow, and red calico. There is an inner sawtooth green calico border. The outer border contains a green calico vine, leaf and red flower with a yellow center. The edge is bound and hand stitched in a solid red. The quilting follows the Rose of Sharon pattern and the vine, floral portions of the quilt. The negative spaces between them are intricately quilted in a floral and shell pattern. The fabric on the back of the quilt is white. Exhibition History: Rothman Gallery, F&M College, Winter 1992, 1993. Peoplenulls Place Museum, Nov. 1995-Jan. 1996. 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 1960nulls.
81 x 84 inches