American Quilts and Coverlets in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Amelia Peck; With the assistance of Cynthia V. A. Schaffner; Technical appendix by Elena Phipps

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This handsome book showcases the Metropolitan Museum’s superb collection of 151 American quilts and coverlets. First published in 1990 and revised in 2007 to feature 32 new acquisitions and updated scholarship, this volume chronicles the development of quilt and coverlet production in the United States from the 18th through the 20th centuries, provides a glimpse into the lives of the makers and recipients of these pieces, and discusses their emergence as works of art.


Notable pieces include the Phebe Warner and the Baltimore Presentation coverlets, Amish, Crazy, and Honeycomb quilts that exemplify achievement in abstract and geometric patterns, along with the Adeline Harris Sears Autograph Quilt, a memorial to the greatest politicians, composers, authors, and thinkers of the mid-19th century. Each work is catalogued with a description and essential information on materials, condition, publications, and references. Also included is an illustrated survey of materials and techniques used in the creation of these works.

Amelia Peck is Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Decorative Arts and Cynthia V. A. Schaffner is Research Associate, Department of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elena Phipps is Senior Museum Conservator in the Department of Textile Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
ISBN: 9780300159035
Publication Date: August 18, 2009
Co-publisher: Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
320 pages, 10 x 11
50 b/w + 300 color illus.
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