One of the most unusual quilts ever made in America, known as “Trade and Commerce”. Its maker was clearly familiar with the busy river commerce so important in the development of New York State. This unique pictorial quilt, made about 1825 by Hannah Stockton Stiles, is a lively appliqué depiction of life along the shores and on the waters of a major river. From: Inspired Traditions: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY, 2011
One of the very few quilts that feature a pictorial narrative akin to the genre paintings of the era. It is our Trade and Commerce quilt by Hannah Stockton Stiles, a 105” x 89” bedcovering made of cotton and chintz in about 1835. Hannah was born in Trenton, New Jersey and married John Stiles of Philadelphia in 1818. The two cities flank the Delaware River, a bustling commercial waterway that in the 1830s was loaded with all ma
Unknown Odawa Indian Maker, Bethlehem Star Quilt, late 19th century. Collection of Shelburne Museum. in: Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution. Katonah Museum of Art (New York), February 24 - June 16, 2013.