An amazing version of Thousand Pyramids quilt that in which the triangles forms multiple patterns of light and dark squares. Larger triangle border of a fabric used throughout the quilt makes the perfect frame. Pristine condition; freshly laundered; wonderful fabrics. Measures 80" a 84"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Dramatic Star of Bethlehem quilt with beautiful printed fabrics on a solid white ground. Surrounding stars set in squares are an unusual variation. Quilted mostly with patterns of circles that are a nice contrast to the straight lines of the pieced pattern. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Measures 84" square. Pennsylvania origin; 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".
Lovely Cake Stand Baskets quilt done in soft pastels of the 1930's. Nicely planned with solid colors for the body of the baskets and prints on the bases and tops. Very good, unwashed condition. Measures 84" square; Pennsylvania origin.
Solid color Straight Furrows Log Cabin quilt done in solid color, lightweight wools. Backing is printed cotton. Rich colors accented with red centers make for a particularly striking pattern. Measures 70" x 71"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
After considerable searching, I discovered that the name of this unusual quilt pattern is Full Moon. It combines the great positive/negative qualities of the Mill Wheel pattern with additional, larger circles. The bold zig zag border is a wonderful counterpoint to the round shapes of the body of the quilt. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Measures 72" x 76"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1870.
Pieced Center Medallion Quilt made of richly colored light weight wools. Unusual format in that the Central Medallion was popular in the first half of the 19th century but had largely gone out of fashion at the time this was made. Quilted but seems to have originally been tied as well as indicated by regularly placed small dark circles.
Circa 1870. Probably New England origin. Measures 68" x 78".
Variation of Lemoyne Stars Quilt pattern that may be unique. Central star is surrounded by a half star in each corner. White background is pieced so that the central star is in a square surrounded by a diamond. All done in a wonderful, richly colored plaid fabric. Nicely quilted. Professionally laundered; excellent condition. Some staining on back but none on the front. Measures 73" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Densely pieced Trees quilt makes for a veritable forest. Floral printed fabric perfectly continues the tree theme. Nine Patch corner blocks are a great ending for the triple borders. Pristine condition; professionally laundered. Measures 64" x 76". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Crib quilt with unusual arrangement of Nine Patch set in Bars. Orange centers add just the right zing to this charming piece. Nicely quilted with extremely tiny stitches. Front is in excellent condition; a small area of wear on the back does not come through to the front. Measures 29" x 39". Circa 1880; Wisconsin origin.
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, stellarubin.com