Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Citrus x sinensis? - Wild Orange Blossom
Citrus x sinensis? (Wild Orange Blossom) from P.J. Redoute, Choix des plus belles fleurs et des plus beaux fruits, plate 120, 1833
Citrus x sinensis? (Wild Orange Blossom) by Ellen Levy Finch (Elf), CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons
Citrus x sinensis? (Wild Orange Blossom) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric, 1834
Common Names: Wild Orange, Orange, China Orange-tree

Description:  Citrus x sinensis? (Wild Orange) is a member of the Rue or Citrus Family (Rutaceae). The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 4, p. 420 recorded that this plant, native to India, was first cultivated in Britain in 1595.  The wild orange blossoms illustrated in this design are drawn from John James Audubon's The Birds of America, the Palm Warbler, plate 163.  This plant likely grew from a cast aside seed of a cultivated orange tree.

Quilts with this Citrus x sinensis? (Wild Orange Blossom) motif: 
  • None known at this time

Chintz with this Citrus x sinensis? (Wild Orange Blossom) motif: 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric, Object Numbers CIRC. 302-1956, CIRC. 304-1956, CIRC. 305-1956, CIRC. 308-1956, 1834 (at least three different colorways)
  • Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Printed Textile Engraved by John Potts, Object Number 1959.0084.059, Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850, p. 111, 1829-1839

   ©  Updated 5/16/2021     Author: Terry Terrell