Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium)
Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) from the 1843 Maria M. Fish and Emma Fish Chintz Applique Album Quilt owned by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Object Number 2005.053.0003.  Photo by Richard Bray with kind permission from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) growing in modern garden.
Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, vol. 1: t. (23).
Common Names: Nasturtium, garden nasturtium, Indian cress 
 
Description: Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) is a member of the Nasturtium (Tropaeolaceae) family. The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 2 recorded that this native of Peru was introduced to Britain in 1686. 
 
Quilts with the Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) motif: 
 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Maria M. Fish and Emma Fish Chintz Applique Album Quilt, IQSC 2005.053.0003, dated 1843 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Chintz Applique Album Quilt Probably Made by Lydia Corliss and Lisa Corliss, IQSC 2008.040.0005, dated 1843 
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Medallion Quilt Probably Made in Shippensburg, PA, IQSC 1997.007.0479, dated 1843 and 1844 
  • Museum of American Folk Art, Sarah Morrell Album Quilt, Glorious American Quilts: The Quilt Collection of the Museum of American Folk Art, Object Number 1986.16.1, dated 1843 
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Achsah Goodwin Wilkins Chintz Applique Counterpane, Object Number 2014.5, c. 1820 
  • Denver Art Museum, Anna E. Perrine Applique Album Quilt, Object Number 1985.300, dated 1842 and 1843 
  • Private Collection, Sarah V.B. Quick Applique Album Quilt, America's Quilts and Coverlets, p.177, dated 1844 
  
Chintz with this Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) motif: 
 
  • None known at this time. 
 
 
 
                                              Additional Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) Motifs
Victoria and Albert Museum design from the Bromley Hall Pattern Book, E.458:93-1955.
Design/ Copperplate Prints with this Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) motif: 
 
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum owns a design from the Bromley Hall Pattern Book for this chintz fabric (E.458:93-1955) designed between 1760-1800 
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum owns two fragments of this blue on white copperplate fabric (Circ.92-1960 and T.15-1978) printed 1770-1799 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Textile Fragment Object Number 1969.3235, c. 1780 


                                                     More Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) Motifs
                                                         (Pictures not available at this time)

Each of these quilts has a different Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) motif from those above: 

  • The Edisto Island Museum, Edisto Album Chintz Applique Spread, "Lowcountry Chintz: The Townsend/Pope Quilt Legacy", Uncoverings 2013, no Accession Number, dated 1863
  • Shelburne Museum, Chintz Floral Quilt Attributed to a Member of the Ridgley Family, The Art of the Needle: 100 Masterpiece Quilts from the Shelburne Museum , Object Number 10-145 (1954-492), early 19th century
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Cut-Out Chintz Applique Quilt, IQSC 1997.007.0659, dated 1830-1850
  • The Castle Museum, York (England), Printed Chintz Centerpiece, Quilts of the British Isles, Top row, both examples p. 84, early nineteenth century





©  Updated 7/22/2018     Author: Terry Terrell