A Chintz Applique,measuring 112" by 117", from the early to mid-19th century. It has a white background with red, blue, green and brown chintz pieces in a tree-of-life design. Border is a 12" strip of chintz with floral design on background of tiny black dots. There is no batting or backing and it is not hemmed. There are at least 17 different fabrics used in the center panel. The center piece is dated from an earlier period - approximatley 15 to 20 years earlier - with the border fabric being of a later date, possibly 1850. The palm tree and bird group in the lower left corner are circa 1815. The design is influenced by Indian palampores. The quilt was made, in Charleston, by Maria Boyd Schulz, the daughter of John Christopher Schulz and Susan Flud Cantey. Maria's sister, Martha Anne (1819-1852) married Dr. Thomas L. Burden, a relative of the donor's husband. The quilt was donated by Mrs. H. S. Burden in 1970.
The center medallion is a large urn with flowers surrounded by bird motifs. A floral appliqued vine encircles the center medallion, on a muslin background. The center medallion is predominantly red, brown, green, yellow, and blue. A golden face of a bearded man crowned with a wreath of fruit and leaves is portrayed on the urn. The quilt has a pink chintz border printed with alternating designs of brown cartouches with a floral vase in the center and blue and red flowers in brown baskets.