Lot 187
  • 187

A Fine and Rare Appliqued and Trapunto Cotton 'Sculptural' American Eagle Quilt, Anonymous, Phelps, New York, dated 1853

30,000 - 50,000 USD
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  • 88 by 90 in. (223.5 by 228.6 cm)
the white cotton diamond quilted field with extravagantly scaled 5 foot American eagle, rendered as sculpture with layers of trapunto and piecing; in its beak a ribbon embroidered with the legend "WHERE LIBERTY DWELLS, THERE IS MY COUNTRY"; below the wings quilted sunbursts with flower-quilted circles; a pieced sunburst above the eagle enclosing the legend "INDUSTRY"; below a pieced compote filled with spring blossoms rendered in pieced and reverse appliqued cotton flanked by the inscription "Phelps, 1853"; the borders with appliqued clusters of red blossoms and vines along with grape vines and tendrils; a cluster of three strawberries and quartet of three-rose bouquets; the whole within scalloped red borders.

Catalogue Note

The village of Phelps New York was one of the first in commercial and industrial importance in Ontario County.   Through railroads and the Erie Canal system the theme of towns along that passage way helped create the emergence of 'Industry' in the western section of the Empire State of New York.

The quote is from Benjamin Franklin.