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Quilt

Artist/Maker:
Perkins, Margaret Salena
Place Made:
Burke County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1825-1835
Medium:
cotton –linen
Dimensions:
HOA: 100; WOA: 96
Accession Number:
1187.1
Description:
MAKER: The maker of this quilt, Margaret Salena Perkins (1808-1883), was a granddaughter of John Perkins, who received a land grant in Burke County, North Carolina, from the Earl of Granville prior to the Revolutionary War. Margaret married Levi Laxton (1804-1879) also from Burke County.

DESCRIPTION: Cotton ground with appliqued cutout motif from three chintz fabrics imported from England; homespun linen backing. Stitches: fabric appliqued in buttonhole stitch; ground quilted in a diamond lattice in running stitch; initials MSP embroidered in cross stitch on the back of the quilt.

Found on other contemporary North Carolina applique quilts, the central floral motif is a block print produced specifically for use in quilts. The pheasant and palm tree composition has been cut from a second chintz and retains some of its original glazing.

RELATED OBJECTS: Another chintz applique quilt made by Margaret Salena Perkins is in the MESDA Collection (acc.1187.2).

History:
The quilt descended from the maker, Margaret Salena (Perkins) Laxton, to her son, Dr. Joseph Lavender Laxton (1838-1908), to his unmarried daughters, then to the donor. It came into the MESDA Collection in 1965.
Credit Line:
Purchase Fund