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    Sale 5422

    Fine European Costume & Textiles

    1 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 162

    A FINE COVERLET BY CAROLINE DANBY

    ENGLISH, 1815-1820

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINE COVERLET BY CAROLINE DANBY
    ENGLISH, 1815-1820
    the ground densely applied with fresh-coloured motifs taken from an English chintz, including the central image of a pheasant and palm tree
    104 x 96in. (264 x 244cm.)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    CAROLINE DANBY'S BRODERIE PERSE COVERLETS

    The following two lots are an extraordinary near-pair of broderie perse covers. Made up for her hope chest, they instead were packed away when Miss Danby, of Parkers Piece, Cambridge, sadly never married and so never used the quilts. They therefore retain all the freshness of their original colour, including the often fugitive greens. Densely packed with printed chintz motifs carefully cut out and re-applied to a fine linen ground, they are truly masterpieces of the art of appliqué.

    The coverlets have never been separated, and have passed directly by descent to the present vendors.


    Literature

    Avril Colby, Patchwork Quilts, page 46-49, Batsford.