Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Papaver orientale - Oriental Poppy
Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy) from the International Quilt Museum, Mary Yeadon Album Quilt, dated 1848-1849.  Photo by Rich Bray with permission of the International Quilt Museum.
Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy) from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, vol. 2, plate 57, 1788.
Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy) growing in a modern garden.
Common Names: Oriental Poppy, Eastern Poppy
Description: Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy) is a member of the Papaveraceae (Poppy) family. The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 3 recorded that this plant, a native of the Levant, was first cultivated in Britain before 1714.
Quilts with this Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy) motif: 
  • International Quilt Museum, Mary Yeadon Album Quilt, Object Number 2006.003.0005, dated 1848-1849
  • Shelburne Museum, Chintz Appliqué Album Quilt, Chintz Quilts: Unfading Glory, p. 44, mid-19th century 
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, James Betts Woodblock Print Quilt Top, Object Number1970-194, c. 1840 
  • Patricia S. Smith Collection, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Pieced and Appliqued Bedcover (Center Medallion), Object Number 1998.149.9, Calico and Chintz: Antique Quilts from the Collection of Patricia S. Smith, p. 68-69, c. 1810-1840  
  • Atlanta History Center, George Washington Gordon Quilt, Southern Quilts: Surviving Relics of the Civil War, p. 108, 1854-1856 
Chintz with this Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy) motif: 
  • None known at this time

    ©  Updated 6/21/2020     Author: Terry Terrell