Quilt of the Month


January 2005

January 2005

Bars
Maker unknown
Probably made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
c. 1890
84" x 72"
IQSC 2003.003.0013
The Jonathan Holstein Collection, including the 1971 Whitney Museum Exhibition Quilts
The Collector's Eye: Amish Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center Collection Exhibition

This was the first Amish quilt that collectors Jonathan Holstein and Gail van der Hoof had ever seen. They purchased it in 1969. Holstein described their reaction to the unusual quilt in his volume "Abstract Design in American Quilts": "It was draped over the springs of a bare bed in a little seasonal antique shop in Pennsylvania. Gail loved it. I thought it had been made by a lunatic of genius. We acquired many Amish quilts after this, some of which I love passionately. But I do not think we ever found a more perfect one, nor one I like more." The design is classic Lancaster County Pennsylvania Amish, with its deeply saturated colors, simplicity of design, and extraordinary quilting.