Quilted & Crewel
Quilted & Crewel
Quilted & Crewel
Quilted & Crewel

Quilted & Crewel
Early 18th c

A most unusual piece. I first thought this might be American but having discussed it with a few people there is no reason for it not to be British. 


the top half of cream twill weave wool and linen/cotton (fustian) mix, all quilted, the lower width of coarser wool embroidered in wools with upright flowers including tulips, gilly and pinks, the border with a flower and leaf meander, all in clear shades of crimson, pink, yellow, lime and dark green, mid and dark blue wools, the embroidered section is shell quilted, edged with cream linen braid, 33 x 7 ft 3 in or 83 x 2.2 m wide


No tears or stains. Slightly grubby and would benefit from a conservation clean (we can arrange this). Some of the wool embroidery has come away.

The lower band looks as if a teasel has been used to give it a nap. Never seen this before on the outside of a dress item, only on linings. The quilted top section also extends down the left hand side 19 in or 49 cm in from left hand edge, so it is L shaped. The quilting to the lower section is only noticeable when you look at the back of the piece. Ask for photos.


Boston Museum of Fine Art has a mid-18th century American petticoat of linen and cotton with crewel wool embroidery but not quilted. Accession No. 50.3175.

Eighteenth-Century Clothing at Williamsburg. Linda Baumgarten p 17.

National Museums Scotland have similar A.1979.17. My thanks to Emily Taylor, curator of NMS for giving me this and the below information

Musee Galliera 1920.1.1241 lined with chintz

Price: on request

Ref N°: 7215

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