Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, 19th CenturyStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, 19th Century

Quilts: 19th Century (277)

Triangles Quilt with Printed Panel: Ca. 1870; Mass.
Thousand Pyramids Quilt with a most unusual center of a printed panel depicting an elegant equestrienne with her hound. It is unusual for a highly pieced quilt to have a central panel. In this case, the elegance of the subject compared with the "country" aspect of the quilt makes for an even more unlikely, though successful, pairing. It is knotted, not quilted. Very good condition. Measures 65" x 87". From the Chadwick Family of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Birds in the Air Quilt: Circa 1880
This extraordinary Birds in the Air Quilt has the tiniest pieces imaginable. Each triangle is 5/8" to a side. Written on the back is 25,000 for the number of pieces in the quilt. It is in excellent condition and measures 66" x 82".
Wild Goose Chase Quilt: Circa 1870; New Jersey
This Wild Goose Chase Quilt has a wonderful variety of fabrics, including glazed chintz from the mid 19th century. The generous size of 91" x 98 " would make it an excellent bedcover for a queen or king size bed. It was made in New Jersey; circa 1870. Excellent, unwashed condition.
Reversible Quilt- One Patch and Wild Geese; Circa 1880
This unusual quilt is intended to be completely reversible. One side is a One Patch and the reverse is Wild Geese(aka Birds in the Air). While the quilt was made in the late 19th century, the Wild Geese incorporates some fabrics from the mid century. It is especially interesting to find elegant glazed chintz in three of the blocks of this otherwise country quilt. Both sides are in excellent condition; there is a small amount of color bleed on one of the glazed chintz blocks (visible in thumbnail... Click for details
Evening Stars Quilt: Circa 1890
Classic Evening Stars quilt done in solid red and white with tiny black print. Nice cable pattern quilting in the red grid; geometric pattern in the stars. Excellent condition. Measures 71" x 81"; circa 1890. The red is a beautiful mellow color. It is not toward orange as appears on my monitor.
Variable Stars Quilt: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
Unusual set up of Variable Stars quilt pattern arranged in strips alternating with plain Bars. Wonderful fabrics which date from the 1840's - 1860's. Pristine, unwashed condition. Interesting quilting pattern of thistles set at right angles to the long Bars. Measures 73" x 80". Lebanon County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1860. A real gem for lovers of early fabrics.
Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt on Square: Ca. 1880; Pa.
Richly colored Barnraising Log Cabin quilt on Square done in beautiful wool challis fabrics. Solids and prints are well placed to make the various frames especially prominent. Excellent condition; measures 78" x 92". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880.
Miniature Evening Stars Quilt: Circa 1870; Pa.
Exquisitely miniaturized Evening Stars Quilt in which each star block measures just 2 1/4" to a side. Beautifully planned to create diagonal lines of color. Each of the borders is quilted with a different pattern, beginning with hearts in the chocolate brown. Mint, unwashed condition. Measures 84" square. Oley, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Jacob's Ladder Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
While not technically a Jacob's Ladder pattern, this unusual quilt is closest to the pattern by that name. Elegantly quilted with wreaths in each of the off blocks. Nice variety of late 19th century indigo prints. Sawtooth border makes the perfect frame. Body of the quilt is in perfect condition; very slight fraying on the binding. Measures 70" x 72"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Carolina Lily Quilt; Circa 1880
Variation of a Carolina Lily quilt that is also close to the pattern known as Potted Star Flower. Beautiful shades of chocolate brown and teal blue/green. Professionally laundered; excellent condition. Small blue spots on thumbnail photos are not stains; they are clumps of blue thread within the batting. Nicely quilted with clamshell patterns and diagonal lines. Inexplicably, part of one block is also quilted with overlapping circles. Both the colors and the fact that some colors are quilted... Click for details
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Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.

During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.

Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website,

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