Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, DollStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Quilts, Doll

Quilts: Doll (29)

One Patch Doll Quilt: Circa 1940
This is one of the smallest doll quilts I've seen. It was most likely made for use in a doll house. It measures 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"; done all of cotton ginghams. The colors are well place to give this little gem a nice abstract quality in addition to the One Patch pattern. Excellent condition. Machine quilted around the edge; circa 1940.
Fabric Silhouette: Circa 1860
Rare fabric silhouette of a full body male. Done in silk and velvet on wool. Fabric of hat was cleverly chosen to resemble beaver. Initially, I thought this was a needle case but realized that it has no function other than the pleasure of it. Probably done about 1860 but a person more familiar with costume might say earlier. Professionally mounted on stretcher that measures 11" x 14".
Crewel Embroidered Waist Pocket: Circa 1800
Extraordinarily rare crewel embroidered Waist Pocket dating to about 1800. Wool on linen with cotton binding. Incredible condition. Unusually bright and colorful. Professionally mounted on stretcher that measures 15 1/2" wide and 18" long. Found in Pennsylvania.
Victorian Crazy Doll Quilt: Circa 1890; Maryland
Elegant Crazy Doll Quilt that is much dressier than doll quilts usually are. Handmade lace is an exceptional border for the piece. Embroidery includes nearly every motif typical of Victorian crazy quilts - flowers, fans and butterflies. Better than usual are the chickens, horse and man. Excellent condition. Maryland origin; circa 1890. Professionally framed; measures 23" x 28".
Irish Chain Privy Pocket: Circa 1860; Pennsylvania
Privy pocket that is extraordinary in several ways. Most wonderful are the graphics; the Irish Chain is set to create striking diamond and X patterns. This is the only privy pocket I have seen that is quilted; usually they are simply pieced like a quilt top.This is also earlier than other with which I am familiar; dates circa 1860. Hanging tabs; binding and one edge show some wear but the body of the piece is in very good condition.Measures 21" square; Pennsylvania origin.
Log Cabin Doll Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Very fine Straight Furrows Log Cabin Doll quilt from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Wonderful scale; machine quilted. Interesting construction of border with one strip of the dark fabric used as a straight border and a wider one with a ruffle. Green areas consist of 7 different calico prints; pink is one calico and one solid. Mended area on outer border about the size of a quarter is shown in thumbnail photo. Crudely repaired but could be re-done by one with nimble fingers. Measures 20 1/2" x... Click for details
Mennonite Flower Garden Chair Pad: Ca. 1900; Pa.
Were it not for the trapezoidal shape of this Grandmother's Flower Garden, one would mistake it for a doll quilt rather than the chair pad it is. Hexagons are appliqued to the backing. Wool; two small breaks in the fabric show the paper foundations of the hexagons. Beautiful colors are well planned and create a "fence" around the flower gardens. Pennsylvania Mennonite; circa 1900. Measures 16" x 17 3/4" at its largest.
Pinwheels Doll Quilt: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
Four Hourglass blocks are combined to create a Pinwheel pattern in this lovely 1920's doll quilt. Excellent condition. Well scaled to the size of the piece, including the cable quilted border. Measures 28 1/2" square. Berks County, Pennsylvania origin.
Four Patch Crib Quilt: Circa 1880; Pennsylvania
Pristine, unwashed Four Patch Crib quilt or Cradle Quilt. Interesting in that the indigo is the only fabric repeated in the four Four Patch blocks. Wonderful scale and colors. Measures 22 1/4" x 23"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
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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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