Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, CribStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, Crib

Quilts: Crib (59)

One Patch Youth Size Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This large size crib quilt might better be referred to as a youth quilt. It is an unusual size, measuring 54" x 46". It is comprised of beautiful, well blended brown prints from the 1870's and 1880's. It has a very light batting. Condition is excellent. Pennsylvania origin; last quarter of the 19th century.
Pinwheels Crib Quilt: Circa 1880's; Pennsylvania
Charming Pinwheels Crib Quilt done on a wonderful small scale. Each Pinwheel block measures 2 3/4 inches in diameter. The red Pinwheel blades really pop against the blue calico ground. The border is nicely quilted with a pattern of diamonds. The quilt has been washed in its lifetime and remains in very good condition. There is one small snag in the blue that is about the size of a pea but no other condition mentionables. The backing is a Bars pattern of the same red and blue fabrics used on the... Click for details
Lone Star Doll Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This Lone Star (aka Texas Star or Star of Bethlehem) doll quilt is a terrific miniature. Rarely does one see a small one in this pattern. The quilt measures 23 1/2 inches square. Because it is square, it would look especially good if hung on point. It is well quilted with floral medallions in the corners around the Star; cable in the pink border and diagonal lines in the outer border. The front is in spotless condition. There are scattered small orange spots on the back that do not show... Click for details
Sampler Crib Quilt: Circa 1880's; Pennsylvania
One does not often find full size 19th century sampler quilts but those made in the 19th century are as scarce as hen's teeth. The nine blocks of this fine example are beautifully set off on a solid red ground. It is very well pieced. The border has a cable quilting pattern and double straight lines throughout the sashing. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. There is a spot about the size of a pea on one of the bars of the Joseph's Coat block but nothing else to mention. The backing... Click for details
Lone Star Crib Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
It's not often that one sees a Lone Star (aka Star of Bethlehem or Texas Star) quilt in a crib size. This fine example is done with perfectly Pennsylvania colors. Four different calico prints are well combined with a fifth one for the backing. The blue corner blocks are nicely quilted with small diamonds and a cable pattern in the border. Measurements are 40 inches square. It is in excellent condition with a pea size smudge in the outer border. There is a tiny hole on the back where it probably... Click for details
Pot of Flowers Painted Mat: Circa 1870; New England
This painted pot of flowers was probably intended as a decorative table mat. It measures 9 1/4" long x 8 5/8" wide and is professionally mounted on a stretcher that is 11 1/4" x 12". It is signed on the bottom Irena Foater who was probably the proud maker but might also have been the recipient. There is a small right angle tear in the central flower that shows in the thumbnail. There are no other condition issues. Based largely upon the plaid fabric used for the binding, I date this to about... Click for details
Feathered Star Crib Quilt: Circa 1840; Pennsylvania
This stunning Feathered Stars crib quilt has the additional feature of being reversible. The front side is a group of both Feathered and Evening Stars in a wonderful variety of red prints. They are set on a solid glazed blue cotton. The front is in spotless condition. The reverse is a triangles pattern done with two different prints (one with a glaze) and the same solid blue as on the other side. There is one smudge in the center diamond. The quilt measures 42" x 43 1/2". Pennsylvania origin;... Click for details
Pinwheels Crib Quilt: Circa 1910;Pennsylvania
I am taking the liberty of naming this unusual pattern as Feathered Pinwheels. The four blocks in the center are a traditional Pinwheel but the addition of triangles around it create something new. Placement of the triangles creates an overall diamond pattern in addition. The quilt is made of a small white on blue print. It is very nicely quilted with feathers throughout. It has been professionally laundered and is in excellent condition. Measurements are 32" x 34". Pennsylvania origin; circa... Click for details
Nine Patch Crib Quilt: Circa 1880's; Pennsylvania
This Nine Patch crib quilt is simultaneously crude and sophisticated. It is a basic pattern made with an unusual color palette. The consistently white centers surrounded by irregular placement of calico gives it a nice, irregular twinkle. Measurements are 31 1/2" x 38 1/2". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880's. Slight fraying to the binding in some places but no other condition issues. The backing is cotton muslin.
Mariner's Compass Crib Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
This stunning Mariner's Compass crib quilt is unlike any other I've seen in terms of color palette as well as design. The central Compass is framed with quarter Compasses and a triangle border. Quilting follows the pieced blocks. The quilt is from the Ausherman Family of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania ( Franklin County). It is professionally mounted on a stretcher that is wired to be hung either horizontally or vertically. The green is more vibrant than appears on my monitor. If you would like to... 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.

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