Chintz Applique Quilt

Chintz Applique Quilt
Burges, Margaret Eliza Darley Seyle (1804-1877)
A chintz applique measuring 109" by 111.5". It has a Tree-of-Life design and uses multiple fabrics. The design includes flowers, leaves and birds on a main tree with butterflies and floral sprigs encircling the tree. At the base of the tree is mound of flowers with various birds including peacocks. The floral border is wide and printed with green leaves, brown flowers and tiny, yellow flowers. The whole quilt is multicolored on a white background. The backing is plain muslin in four vertical strips with woven binding tape all around. The center of the quilt has double line diagonals forming diamonds with a floral motif in the center. It isqQuilted around the tree motifs. And the border is quilted in crossed diagonal lines. On the reverse, in dark blue cross-stitch, at top center is stitched: "Burges / Dec 1833." The quilt was possibly made in Charleston by Margaret Eliza Darley Seyle Burges, the great, great-grandmother of the donor. Margaret and James Smith Burges were the parents of Edward Burges. Edward married Eveline Olivia Petsch. Their son was Julius Eugene Burges, Sr., who married Anna Willissa Detwiler. Their son was Julius Eugene Burges, Jr., the donor's father. The quilt was given in 2010, by Gene Burges.
Charleston Museum Quilt Collection
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
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Topical Subject:
Chintz, Applique, Decoration and ornament--Plant forms, Birds, Pheasants, Butterflies, Trees
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Digitization Specifications:
Photographed using a Nikon D90 with a 50.0 mm f/1.8 lens. 1/125 sec, f/9, ISO 250, sRGB.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public Domain.
Access Information:
Courtesy of The Charleston Museum. Photo by Sean Money. For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.