Early Dutch Patchwork
Early Dutch Patchwork
Early Dutch Patchwork
Early Dutch Patchwork
Early Dutch Patchwork
Early Dutch Patchwork


Early Dutch Patchwork

A rare patchwork which would be of interest to patchwork and print historians. The coverlet bought in Holland is made up of a combination of French roller prints with the dessins géometrigues, probably from Jouy,  and the dark ground Ramoneur prints being hand block printed.There are also some earlier Indian chintz from 1775. The main patchwork's pieces all date from 1800. Some of the other patches are c 1830. There is a huge variety of prints. We feel that some may be English, Swiss and German.  In An Moonan's book* she mentions triangles are typical of Dutch patchworks of the period, four triangles creating a square, half light and half dark. Also the French fabrics from Jouy dessins géometriques, fabrics printed with diamonds, sloping lines, in colours brown/ochre and brown/pink.




The rectangular section composed of eight triangles formed into squares, 7 x 4, all hand block and roller printed cottons in floral and geometric patterns, mainly dress cottons

6 Ramoneur chocolate brown hand block prints; 10 blue; 18 floral; the rest beige and brown.

5ft 10 in x 39 in; 1.8 x 1 m

Plus lots of unpicked triangles:

A -19 triangles 6 x 4 in; 15 x 10 cm -

B - 28  triangles  6 x 4 in; 16 x 11 cm (6 Ramanoeur)

C - 20 squares 3 1/2 in; 9 cm square. One is almost Indonesian in design in red/brown/black and natural. another has Japanese type writing; small chequerboard prints, from 1830s.

D - 22 very small triangles 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in; 9 x 7 cm.

E -  30 larger triangles  5 x 4 in; 12 x 9 cm. 1800s with light backgrounds.

F -  13 scraps.


Main piece -The large main piece has turned brown with age, although many of the pieces have brown grounds. 22 triangles have damage. Ask for photos. What is nice where the triangles have been unpicked you can see the original unfaded colour.

A -  4 damaged

B - 6 damaged

C - 6 damaged

D - 7 damaged. Generally the rest are fairly poor condition.

E - 2 damaged. These have been soaked and are clean but yellowish.

F - 13 scraps all damaged


*Moonan, An A History of Dutch Quilts, p 142  Van Gruting Publishers 2010



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