Rose of Sharon, Applique
Classification: Building Furnishings, Bedding, Quilt. Materials and Techniques: Appliqued Cotton. Style/Period/Movement: Physical Description: This quilt is a 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 celebrate 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 developed. 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 is made of yellow, red, pink and green calico fabric on a white background. The quilting follows the pattern and between the flowers the quilting is in a grid pattern. The inner and outermost border is a geometric pattern with a square on each corner. The outer border is only on 3 sides of the quilt. The white border is quilted in a feather pattern. The back of the quilt is white. Exhibition History: Rothman Gallery, Franklin and Marshall College, Fall 1992. 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 1970nulls.
94 x 94 inches