Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Magnolia sp. - Magnolia
Magnolia sp. (Magnolia) from the Charleston Museum, Gracy Drummond Quilt, dated 1844 courtesy of the Charleston Museum, Charleston, South Carolina
Magnolia sp. (Magnolia) photo courtesy of  User:A,Ocram / Public domain
Magnolia denudata  ( Magnolia) (published as Magnolia conspicua) from  William Hooker, and R.A. Salisbury, The Paradisus Londinensis, plate 38, 1805
Common Names:  Magnolia, Cucumbertree

Description: Magnolia sp. (Magnolia) is a member of the Magnolia Family (Magnoliaceae).  The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 3 recorded twelve species that were native to North America and China.  Today botanists recognize about 210 species.  The earliest introduction to cultivation in Britain was Magnolia grandiflora in 1734.

Quilt with this Magnolia sp. (Magnolia) motif: 
  • Charleston Museum, Gracy Drummond Quilt, Object Number 2011.26.1, dated 1844

                                       Additional Magnolia sp. (Magnolia) Motifs
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Quilts each with a different Magnolia sp. (Magnolia) motif: 
  • Shelburne Museum, Floral Chintz Album Bedcover Made by Members of the Townsend, Fuller, Pope, and Mikell Families, Object Number 10-151 (1954-412),  Art of the Needle: 100 Masterpiece Quilts from the Shelburne Museum, p. 19, dated 1850-1857
  • Shelburne Museum, Flowers and Fruit Baskets Quilt Attributed to Martha Custis Peter, Object Number 10-116 (1953-1117),  Art of the Needle: 100 Masterpiece Quilts from the Shelburne Museum, p. 24, no date

Printed cotton with a different Magnolia sp. (Magnolia) motif from those above: 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Printed Textile, Museum Object No. 1960.0161.004, 1820-1840 

©  Updated 3/29/2020     Author: Terry Terrell