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Woven Doublecloth Coverlet

1822
Origin: America, New York, Little Britain, Orange County
Width: 79 1/4" no fringe. Length/Height: 95 1/4"
Dark blue wool and white cotton
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Foster McCarl, Jr.
Acc. No. 1978.609.5
This is a doublecloth woven coverlet with a center-seam. The main design is composed of six large floral medallions alternating with florets. Side borders are 12" wide with a repeating pattern of a building flanked by spread- winged eagles and pine trees, topped with a shower of stars. Top and bottom borders are a repeating pattern of spread-winged eagles, alternating with pine trees, and pillars topped by Masonic symbols. Corner blocks are woven with a name and date as follows: "RACHEL/FOSDICK/DEC.14./1822".
Label:This unsigned coverlet is identified as the work of James Alexander based on his extant account book, which names most of his clients including Rachel Fosdick. Alexander's centerfields have characteristic small ovals positioned where the large medallions touch. Masonic elements combine with patriotic eagles and tower like buildings. Typical of Alexander's work, the eagles in the bottom border are more stylized than those on the side borders.
Provenance:Ownership prior to the donor's is unknown.
Mark(s):Woven into the four corner blocks: "RACHEL/FOSDICK/DEC.14./1822"
Inscription(s):Woven into each of the four corner blocks is "RACHEL/FOSDICK/DEC.14./1822."