Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Strelitzia reginae - Bird-of-Paradise
Strelitzia reginae (Bird-of-Paradise) from the Charleston Museum, The Gracy Drummond Quilt, dated 1844-1845
Strelitzia reginae (Bird-of-Paradise) from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, t. 109-144, vol. 4: plate 119, 1791
Strelitzia reginae (Bird-of-Paradise) photo by Domenico Salvagnin from Legnaro, Italy [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)].
Common Names: Bird-of-Paradise, Bird of Paradise Flower, Crane Flower, Canna-Leaved Strelitzia  
Description: Strelitzia reginae (Bird-of-Paradise) is a member of the Strelitzia family (Strelitziaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 2 recorded that this native of the Cape of Good Hope was introduced into Britain in 1773.

Quilts with this Strelitzia reginae (Bird-of-Paradise) motif: 
  • The Charleston Museum, The Gracy Drummond Quilt, Object Number 2011.26.1, dated 1844-1845 
  • The Poos Collection, Charleston Center Medallion Quilt, Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection, p. 145, c. 1840
  • Private Collection, Chintz Applique Quilt, seen on Facebook's "Quilts - Vintage and Antique" Closed Group, July 28, 2019, no date
Chintz with this Strelitzia reginae (Bird-of-Paradise) motif: 
  • None known at this time

   ©  Updated 8/6/2019    Author: Terry Terrell