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Woven Tied Beiderwand Coverlet

Probably 1835-1840
Origin: America, Ohio, Chippewa, Medina County
Length/Height: 83" no fringe; Width: 74" w/o fringe, 78" with fringe.
Red, dark blue, and light blue wools and natural cotton with light blue cotton supplementary thread.
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Foster McCarl, Jr.
Acc. No. 1978.609.6
The coverlet is worked in tied beiderwand construction and is center-seamed. The warp face of the coverlet features a design of confrontal, perched peacocks worked in natural cotton over horizontal bands of alternating colors. The relatively small scale of the field repeat and two different, narrow, flowering vine borders create a dense, yet delicate, overall design.
Label:Weavers adorned their coverlets with a large array of animal motifs. Lions, horses, giraffes, monkeys, cats, snakes, alligators, cows, squirrels, peacocks, eagles, thistle finches, turkeys, and roosters are just some of the beasts and birds that parade across fancy and figured coverlets.
The forty stylized yet recognizable peacocks in this centerfield stand on willow branches with their heads turned to face the tree. Peacocks were a popular motif on textiles from the 1820s through the 1840s. In Christian art the peacock appears as a symbol of immortality. It also is associated with worldly pride and vanity, due to the peacock's habit of strutting and displaying its beautiful tail feathers.
Provenance:Ownership prior to the donor's is unknown.
Mark(s):Woven into each lower corner block is "BY/JAMES/PEARSON/CHIP/PEWA."