Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Primula auricula - Auricula
Primula auricula (Auricula) from Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Fragment of roller printed cotton, T.418-1967, c. 1830-1840.
Primula auricula (Auricula) from 
Redouté, P.J., Choix des plus belles fleurs et des plus beaux fruits, t. 83 (1833).
Primula auricula (Auricula) growing in modern garden. By Ralf Wimmer (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Common Names: Auricula, mountain cowslip, bear's-ear 
 
Description: Primula auricula (Auricula) is a member of the Primrose family (Primulaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 1 recorded that this native of the Alps of Switzerland and Austria was introduced into Britain in 1596.

Quilts with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Schlenker, Elizabeth Dahle quilt, A Maryland Album, p.12, c. 1840 
  • The Collection of Eleanor F. Mackintosh, Appliqued Chintz Friendship Quilt, A Maryland Album, p.101, dated 1844-1846 
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Mary Rooker Norris quilt, A Maryland Album, p.109, dated 1846 
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Garnhart Eagle Quilt, Historic Quilts of the DAR Museum, p. 32, c. 1825 
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Anna Catherine Garnhart quilt made for John Hanshaw Markey, Historic Quilts of the DAR Museum, p. 33, c. 1825-1840 
  • The Poos Collection, Trapunto Mathematical Star, Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection, p. 208, c. 1835 
  • Private Collection of Miss Scott, Center Medallion applique quilt, Old Quilts, p. 183 , c. 1810 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Ardis and Robert James Collection, Center Medallion, possibly Baltimore, MD, IQSC 1997.007.0306, 1830-1850 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Ardis and Robert James Collection, Center Medallion, IQSC 1997.007.0479, d. 1843-1844 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Center Medallion, possibly made in Springfield, OH, IQSC 2001.015.0001, c.1852 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Chintz Applique Medallion Quilt with stuffed work, Object Number 1960.1024, c. 1825 
  • Maryland Historical Society, Elizabeth Clark quilt, The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition, p.58, c. 1840 
  • Maryland Historical Society, Charlotte Augusta Norris Wedding Quilt, The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition, p. 17, Object Number 1945.14.1, c. 1839 
 
Chintz with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Fragment of roller printed cotton, T.418-1967, c. 1830-1840 



                               Additional Primula auricula (Auricula) Motifs
Primula auricula (Auricula) on the Victoria and Albert Museum Fabric Fragment, Object Number Circ.352-1955, c. 1814. Photo copyright of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Quilts with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • Shelburne Museum, Tree of Life Medallion Quilt, Chintz Quilts: Unfading Glory, pp. 30-31, early 19th century
 
Chintz with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Fabric Fragment, Object Number Circ.352-1955, c. 1814
Primula auricula (Auricula) on the Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Center Panel by John Bury, Circ.606-1956, c. 1815. Large auriculas (left) and small auriculas (right) are from the same piece.
Quilts with these Primula auricula (Auricula) motifs: 
 
  • Colonial Williamsburg, Petersburg Appliqued Quilt by the Boyle Sisters, Accession Number 1991-644, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, p. 102, c. 1840 
  • Private collection of Parks Hutchinson Dalton, Central Medallion Quilt Made by Ann Adeline Orr Parks in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 49, c. 1826 
  • Private Collection of Martha Laird Harris Washam, Medallion Quilt Made by Elizabeth Brice Cochrane Harris (Gingles) in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 53, c. 1830-1840 
  • Private Collection of Mary Ann Young, Central Diamond Medallion Quilt Made by Mary Ann Young in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 54-55, c. 1830-1840 
  • Private Collection of Virginia Williams Kennickell, Medallion Quilt, Maker Unknown, North Carolina Quilts, p. 62, c. 1830-1840 
 
Chintz with these Primula auricula (Auricula) motifs: 
 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Center Panel by John Bury, Circ.606-1956, c. 1815 
  • Panel 1 in Appendix I of Merikay Waldvogel, "Printed Panels for Chintz Quilts: Their Origin and Use," Uncoverings 34 (2013): 124. 
Primula auricula (Auricula) on the Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Circ.669-1956, made in 1824.
Quilts with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • The Collection of Eleanor F. Mackintosh, Appliqued Friendship Quilt for Joseph Rinehart, A Maryland Album, p.103, dated 1845 
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, Petersburg Appliqued Quilt by the Boyle Sisters, Accession Number 1991-645, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, p. 103, c. 1840 
  • Maryland Historical Society, Charlotte Augusta Norris Wedding Quilt, The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition, p. 17, Object Number 1945.14.1, c. 1839 
  • Irish Chain Quilt with Chintz Border, Offered for Sale by Stella Rubin, July, 2017, c. 1830 
  • Private Collection, Lone Star Quilt with Chintz Appliques and Chintz Border, c. 1840 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Ardis and Robert James Collection, Center Medallion, possibly Baltimore, MD, IQSC1997.007.0306, 1830-1850 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection, Chintz Applique with Hexagons, IQSC2008.040.0019, 1830-1850 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Ardis and Robert James Collection, Medallion Quilt, IQSC2006.003.0002, 1830-1850 
  • The Quilters' Guild Collection, The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, the Fife Coverlet, 1830-1839 
 
Chintz with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Circ.669-1956, made in 1824 
Primula auricula (Auricula) from a Private Collection, Red Pillar Print with Baskets, early 1800s
Quilts with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Pillar Print with Baskets Whole Cloth Quilt, Object Number 2000.70.1, 1840-1870 
 
Chintz with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Pillar Print with Baskets Quilted Fragment, Object Number 1969.3645.005, 1830-1835 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Pillar Print with Baskets Fabric Panel, Object Number 1960.0078.002, 1830-1840 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Pillar Print with Baskets Fabric Panel, Object Number 1969.3339, 1825-1835 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Pillar Print with Baskets Fabric Panel, Object Number 1969. 1969.3781, 1825-1835 
  • Private Collection, Red Pillar Print with Baskets, early 1800s

Primula auricula (Auricula) on the Maria and Emma Fish Quilt, International Quilt Study Center & Museum, IQSCM 2005.053.0003, 1843. Photo courtesy the International Quilt Study Center& Museum.
Quilts with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Maria and Emma Fish Quilt, Object Number 2005.053.0003, 1843 
  • The Denver Art Museum, Anna E. Perrine Quilt, Denver Art Museum Object Number 1985-300, 1842-1843 
 
Chintz with this Primula auricula (Auricula) motif: 
 
  • None known at this time 
                                         More Primula auricula (Auricula) Motifs 
 
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The following quilt and block have a different Primula auricula (Auricula) motif from each other and from all the other motifs described on this page: 
 
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, One of a Collection of Appliqued Quilt Squares Made by Family and Friends of Mary B. Clarke, Accession Number 2002-73, Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, p. 107, 1848-1850 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Eliza Ely Bready Quilt, Object Number 1963.86, 1840s  

The following quilts have the same Primula auricula (Auricula) motif as each other but different from all the other motifs described on this page: 
 
  • Private collection of Mary Lacy Bost, Tree of Life Medallion Quilt Made by Sarah Alexander Harris Gilmer, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 41, dated 14 July, 1826 
  • Private Collection of James Roy Caldwell, Bird of Paradise, Tree of Life Medallion Quilt Made by Rebecca Eloise Alexander McCoy, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 45, c. 1826 
 
The following quilts have the same Primula auricula (Auricula) motif as each other but different from all the other motifs described on this page: 
 
  • Private Collection of Parks Hutchinson Dalton, Central Diamond Medallion Made by Ann Adeline Orr Parks in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 50, c. 1830 
  • Private Collection of Charles Orr Dalton, Central Diamond Medallion Made by Ann Adeline Orr Parks in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 51, c. 1830




¬©  Updated 7/13/2018     Author: Terry Terrell