M972.3.1 | Quilt

 
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1726, 18th century
Fibre: silk, cotton, linen; Pieced (hand), sewn (hand)
208 cm
Gift of Mrs. Albert Ayer
M972.3.1
© McCord Museum
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This outstanding quilt is now the second-oldest silk patchwork quilt known to exist in the Western world. Made of multi-coloured pieces of silk, velvet, linen and cotton, the bedcover bears the appliquéd date of 1726 and the initials IN. Research into the age of the fabrics and the overall construction of the bedcover has revealed the 1726 date to be correct. The quilt has been meticulously conserved by the Centre de conservation du Québec. The glowing colours, including vivid pinks and yellows, and the rich fabrics, among them silk brocades and damasks, recall the luxurious dress and furnishing fabrics of the past.