Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Dianthus sp- Pinks
Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) from the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Center Medallion Backed Summer Spread,  c. 1840-1850
Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) from Bessler, B., Hortus Eystettensis, vol. 3, plate 318, 1620
Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) by Nicolas Weghaupt [CC0] 
Common Names for Dianthus deltoides: Maiden Pinks  
Common Names for Dianthus plumarius: Garden Pinks, Common Pinks,Wild Pinks, Feather'd Pinks
Description:  Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pink) and Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) are members of the Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family) and are the most likely species for the illustrated pinks on these listed chintz items. The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 3 reported Dianthus deltoides is a native of Britain while Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) are native to Europe and North America and were introduced to British cultivation in 1629. 

Quilts with this Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pinks) or Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) motif: 
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Center Medallion Backed Summer Spread, Object Number 3788, c. 1840-1850
Chintz with this Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pinks) or Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) motif: 
  • None known at this time

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Quilts with the same Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pinks) or Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) motif different from those shown above:   
  • Private Collection of Katherine Ratcliffe and Eleanor Bennett, Appliqued Quilt, First Flowerings: Early Virginia Quilts, p.27, c. 1835 
  • Charleston Museum, Quilt made for Governor James Hammond, Social Fabric: South Carolina's Traditional Quilts, p. 15, dated 1846-1848
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History,  Printed Quilt Center, ID Number TE.T11666, The Smithsonian Threasury American Quilts, p. 27, 1815-1830

Chintz with the same Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pinks) or Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) motif as on the quilts listed immediately above: 
  • Panel 3 in Appendix I of Merikay Waldvogel, "Printed Panels for Chintz Quilts: Their Origin and Use," Uncoverings 34 (2013): 124

Also check out the September 7, 2018 Chintz Panels in Quilts blog (https://chintzpanelquilt.blogspot.com/2018/09/panel-3-trophy-of-arms.html)  by Merikay Waldvogel and Barbara Brackman for several pictures, citations,  and more information about the printed panel on which this motif occurs.

Quilts with a different Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pinks)  or Dianthus plumarius (Garden Pinks) motif from any of the above:
  • Maryland Historical Society, Chintz Appliqued Album Quilt, The Baltimore Album Quilt Tradition, Object Number 1997.12.1, , pp. 100-101, c. 1845-1855
Chintz each with a different Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pinks) or Dianthus plumosus (Garden Pinks) motif from any of the above:
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Printed Textile, Object Numbers 1969.4580 A-B and 1961.0232, Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850, p. 328, c. 1850
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Printed Cotton Appliqued Document, Object Number 1974-557,27 c. 1830

©  Updated 2/16/2020     Author: Terry Terrell