Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Zantedeschia aethiopica - Calla Lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily) growing in a modern garden.
Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Fragment, Object Number T.418-1967, c. 1830-1840
Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily) (published as Calla aethiopica) from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1805, vol. 21, plate 832.
Common Names: Calla, Calla Lily, Arum Lily, Ethiopian Calla 
 
Description: William Aiton in his 1812 book Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 3 recorded that this native of the Cape of Good Hope was introduced to Britain in 1731. 
 
Quilts with Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily)*: 
 
  • Private Collection of Miss Scott, Center Medallion applique quilt, Old Quilts, p. 183, "Probably 1810" (This date, suggested by Dunton in his Old Quilts book, is clearly in error)
  • Private Collection of Mr. & 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 1844-46 
  • 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 
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Mary Rooker Norris quilt, A Maryland Album, p.109, d. 1846 
  • The Poos Collection, Trapunto Mathematical Star, Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection, p. 208, c. 1835 
  • 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, Ardis and Robert James Collection, Center Medallion, IQSC1997.007.0479, 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, Museum Object No. 1960.1024, c. 1825 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Chintz Applique Quilt, Museum Object No. 2016.0010.001, 1844 
  • Maryland Historical Society, Charlotte Augusta Norris Wedding Quilt, The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition, p.17, c. 1839 
  • Maryland Historical Society, Elizabeth Clark quilt, The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition, p. 58, c. 1840 
  • Private Collection, Lone Star Quilt with Chintz Appliques and Chintz Border, c. 1840 

 
Chintz with Zantedeschia: 
 
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric Fragment, Object Number T.418-1967, c. 1830-1840 



 
*Some of these citations come from Kay & Lori Lee Triplett and Xenia Cord, Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection, (Saint Etienne de Montluc, France :Quiltmania Editions, 2013), 294.





©  Updated 7/9/2018     Author: Terry Terrell