BT Collection Block Print Wholecloth Chintz Four Post Quilt
c. 1780
108 x 116 (this measurement includes 30 inch long by 58 inch wide tail)

What a fabulous opportunity for the serious collector to acquire a rare and very early quilt in completely original condition from Betsey’s private collection. This spectacular wholecloth block print chintz quilt still retains its original full glaze. The selvedge to selvedge measurement of this beautiful fabric is 27 inches, and is a floral block print in teal, grayish-taupe, and various shades of rosy reds. Betsey believes that there is a good possibility that this fabric is from France. Originally made for a high four poster bed, this quilt has a 30 inch drop on three sides, and is large enough to fit a modern queen sized four poster bed. The ¼ inch separately applied binding has been created from matching chintz, and the backing is homespun linen. Hand quilted in an overall clamshell pattern. The photographs show a diffuse area of darkening fabric in the center of the quilt, which is inconspicuous when viewed on a bed. A few small oxidation spots further point to the age of this spectacular textile.