London, South Kensington
20 May 2008
A RARE AND IMPORTANT AMERICAN WOVEN COVERLET
HARRY TYLER, JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
indigo and white wool and cotton jacquard coverlet worked with a pattern of eagles, stars and flowerheads, the borders with 'Monkey & Tree' pattern, the corners with the Tyler stylized lion and the initial 'MS'
78in. (198cm.) square
Believed to be woven for Margaret Sherman's hope chest, 1835.
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See: Andrews & Walters, 'A Checklist of American Coverlet Weavers,' (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1978)
Shaw, 'America's Traditional Crafts,' (Levin, New York, 1993), pg.74 for a coverlet attributed to Tyler.
Harry Tyler built his own looms, and designed his own motifs. The lion trademark was used from 1832 until 1845, when the family replaced it with a more patriotic American Eagle. This early example of a Tyler coverlet is a rarity, and a fine example of early American craftsmanship.
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage
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