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  CIGAR SILK PIECEWORK GAME TABLE COVER, CIRCA 1880-1910
Dimensions (inches): textile - 36" square, frame - 47.25" square
Description:
CIGAR SILK PIECEWORK GAME TABLE COVER, CIRCA 1880-1910:

Silk bands like these were used to wrap bunches of cigars. Beginning in the Victorian period, women saved them in order that they may be pieced together into decorative pillow tops, table covers, and quilts, usually in some variation of the log cabin quilt pattern. Most examples in all forms are various shades of yellow and cheddar. Sometimes black and white stripes are found along with the yellow, along with light pastel blue, pink, and green and, on occasion, crimson red.

The beautiful, pineapple log cabin design of the piecework was assembled with the highest quality of workmanship that is seen in such examples. Table cover-sized works are much more rare than their pillow-cover-sized counterparts and are invariably more interesting. Entire quilts are rarer still, but almost never encountered.

Mounting: The textile has been hand-stitched to 100% cotton, black in color, which was washed to reduce excess dye. And acid-free agent was added to the wash to further set the dye and the fabric was heat-treated for the same purpose. The mount was then placed in a black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed Italian molding. The glazing is U.V. protective acrylic.

Condition: The textile is remarkably stable and intact. There is breakdown in one silk ribbon in one corner.
   
Primary Color: cheddar yellow, orange
Earliest Date: 1885
Latest Date: 1915
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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