This quilt most closely known as Shoo Fly (aka Alamanizer) is an unusual combination of elegant and country. The basic quilting; medium thick batting and plaid ground give it a very country feel. At the same time, there is a blue glazed cotton used throughout that is most often seen in far "dressier" pieces. The maker evidently had an eye for detail as in the lower right block, she pieced the same blue striped fabric in four different designs. The quilt measures 82" x 88". Found in Pennsylvania... Click for details
This impressive Cross by Matilde Poulat (who designed under the name Matl) is unusually large and heavy. It is 3 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. It weighs 55 grams. The silver is adorned with amethyst; turquoise and coral as is typical of Matl's work. The cross has two loops on the top from which to hang it. It would look equally good on a silver chain or fabric cord or ribbon. The hallmark dates it to the 1950's; condition is excellent.
This is a particularly well made version of a traditional Garden Maze Quilt. The center of each maze is quilted with a LeMoyne Star pattern. Corner blocks are created by extending the mazes. The scalloped edge is a nice counterpoint to the hard edges of the Maze pattern. Cable quilting in the border gracefully follows the scallops.The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition. Measurements are 80" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920's.
This exuberant Pots of Flowers Quilt is finely quilted and appliqued. It is dated 1876 in quilting with initials EG. Abutting hearts in the center are a lovely design but the star they form makes it even more special. The center design is surrounded by a quilted wreath. Partial wreaths are throughout the body of the quilt. Flower buds in the pots are repeated in the border to make it all a perfectly unified design. The quilt has been professionally laundered and is in mint condition.... Click for details
This Torque bangle bracelet by Frank Gehry for Tiffany scales his architectural genius down to the size of jewelry. The bracelet is the ultimate in silver chic.The inner diameter is 2 5/16" fitting a small/ medium size hand. It weighs a rather extraordinary 167 grams. The bracelet is 2 1/2" outer diameter and 1 3/4" tall. It is sold with the original Tiffany pouch.
This Postage Stamp quilt forms a wonderful overall pattern by the use of light and dark fabrics. Both prints and solids are incorporated in this dramatic design. The red and white polka dot material of the border is continued within the quilt to create the triangles on each side.The backing is an ivory tone cotton sateen. The quilt is in excellent condition. It is from Pennsylvania; last quarter of the 19th century. Measurements are 74" x 76".
This appliqued; pieced and embroidered doll quilt is an unusual combination of pattern and technique. It is divided into an overall windowpane design within which are a combination of flowers and strips much like a log cabin. The entire composition is thoughtfully and imaginatively laid out. The quilt is professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 20" x 20 1/2". Excellent condition; Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Bold and striking silver earrings with hematite by Pablo Picasso's youngest daughter, Paloma. They are signed Paloma Picasso and dated 1985. The earrings measure 1 inch in length and 3/4 inch in width. Clip backs can be converted to posts; excellent condition. Light spots are reflections - not dings.
Feeling patriotic, anyone? This unusual Shields quilt
is combined with diamonds in squares to create an original, all-American design. Half diamonds frame the pattern well.
The quilting is not elaborate. It is done in straight lines in the body of the quilt and diamonds in the border. The concentric diamonds are machine appliqued.
The quilt is in excellent condition. There is one light smudge that can likely be removed with a wash but I have done nothing to it as I do not find it... Click for details
The basis of this quilt is a Nine Patch pattern but the way it is put together adds additional interest. The alternating of light and dark blocks in addition to the center frame make it a wonderfully abstract composition. It is a beautiful shade of medium blue from the 1920's. The quilt is in pristine, un-used condition. Measurements are 82" x 98"; Pennsylvania 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