Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Nigella sp. - Love In A Mist
Nigella sp. (Nigella) (then called Melanthium Hispanicum majus) from Basillius Bessler,  Hortus Eystettensis, vol. 2: Secundus ordo collectarum plantarum aestivalium, plate 178, fig. I, 1620
Nigella sp. (Nigella) growing in modern garden. By I, Wildfeuer [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Nigella sp. (Nigella) on the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Quilt center, England, 1810-30, Cotton, 1969.3247, Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum
Common Names: Nigella, Love in a Mist, Devil in a Bush, Fennel Flower 
 
Description: Nigella sp. (Nigella) is a member of the Ranunculus Family (Ranunculaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 3 records five species of Nigella sp. from Europe, Candia (?), Egypt, and Syria with the earliest cultivation date in Britain of 1548. 

 
Quilts with this Nigella sp. (Nigella) motif: 
 
  • The Quilters' Guild Collection, The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, the Fife Coverlet, 1830-1839 
  • Private Collection of Parks Hutchinson Dalton, Central Diamond Medallion Made by Ann Adeline Orr Parks in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 50, c. 1830 
  • Private Collection of Charles Orr Dalton, Central Diamond Medallion Made by Ann Adeline Orr Parks in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, North Carolina Quilts, p. 51, c. 1830 
  • Collection of the Carson House, Marion, NC, Floral Wreath Medallion made by Kadella, a slave owned by Colonel John Carson, North Carolina Quilts, p. 61, c. 1820-1840 
  • The Charleston Museum, Chintz Applique Quilt, Social Fabric: South Carolina's Traditional Quilts, p.14, Object Number HT 740, c. 1840 
  • The Charleston Museum, Chintz Applique Quilt Made by Mrs. Daniel Crawford, Object Number HT 742, c. 1840 
  • The Charleston Museum, Chintz Applique Quilt, Social Fabric: South Carolina's Traditional Quilts, p.14, Object Number HT 584, c. 1830 
  • Ardis and Robert James Collection, International Quilt Study Center, Printed Center Medallion Quilt, Object Number 2007.040.0001, 1830-1850 
 
Chintz with this Nigella sp. (Nigella) motif: 
 
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Quilt center, England, 1810-30, Cotton, 1969.3247, Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum
  • Panel 2 in Appendix I of Merikay Waldvogel, "Printed Panels for Chintz Quilts: Their Origin and Use," Uncoverings 34 (2013): 124
Also check out the December 17, 2018 Chintz Panels in Quilts blog (https://chintzpanelquilt.blogspot.com/2018/12/panel-2-round-bouquet-in-feather-scroll.html)  by Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman for several pictures, citations,  and more information about the printed panel on which this motif occurs.




©  Updated 2/2/2020     Author: Terry Terrell