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Woven Tied Beiderwand Coverlet

ca. 1850
Origin: America, Ohio, Canfield (Mahoning Co.)
Length/Height: 87 5/8" w/o fringe, 89 1/8" with fringe; Width: 70" w/o fringe, 75" with fringe.
Dark blue wool with natural cotton.
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Foster McCarl, Jr.
Acc. No. 1983.609.3
This is a tied Beiderwand single-woven coverlet of dark blue wool weft with natural cotton warp, and self-fringed on three sides. The interior consists of a repeat of four large lilies radiating from an abstractly designed floral spray. The side borders consist of a repeat of confrontal peacocks on branches. The lower border is a repeat of horseman and dog over several rows of simple decorative elements in a repeat. In both lower corner blocks is "ROBERT/ALEXAN/DER+CANFI/ELD OHIO" over a 1 1/2-story building with center chimney.
Label:Weaver Robert Alexander chose a busy, detailed peacock side border, one of five borders in his repertoire, for this coverlet. The other four side border designs contain architectural buildings. His known coverlets feature only one bottom border design, that of riders and their dogs. The corner block with his signature is designed as part of the bottom border.
Provenance:No history of owners prior to donor's is known. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Foster McCarl, Jr., Beaver Falls, Pa.