Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Alcea rosea - Hollyhock
Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) courtesy, Winterthur Museum, DETAIL-Printed textile, 1850-1855, England, Cotton, Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont, 1969.3592.
Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) from   John Sibthrop and James Edward Smith, Flora Graeca, vol. 7: p. 58, t. 663, 1830.
Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) growing in modern garden.
Common Names: Hollyhock, Common Hollyhock, Common Holly-hock 
Description: Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) belongs to the Mallow family (Malvaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 4 recorded that this native of China was introduced to Britain about 1573. 
Quilts with this Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) motif: 
  • None known at this time. 
Chintz with this Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) motif: 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Textile Panel Object Number 1969.3592, 1850-1855

                                              Additional Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) Motifs
Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) from the Sarah T.C. Miller, Broderie Perse Tree of Life Center Medallion Quilt with Peacocks detail, 1830. Cotton, 109 x 125 inches. Collection of the Shelburne Museum, acquired from Henry Coger. 1969-53.2.
Quilts with this Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) motif: 
  • Shelburne Museum, The Sarah T.C. Miller Tree of Life Center Medallion Quilt, Object Number 1969.053, Chintz Quilts:Unfading Glory, p. 33, also shown in Enduring Grace: Quilts from the Shelburne Museum Collection, p. 8, dated 1830
Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Fabric Fragment  T.8-1933, 1850
Chintz with this Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) motif: 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Fabric Fragment, Object Number T.8-1933, 1850 

©  Updated 2/15/2019     Author: Terry Terrell