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Maker(s):unknown
Culture:American
Title:Memorial Hall Centennial coverlet
Date Made:1876
Type:Bedding
Materials:textile: cotton; wool
Place Made:United States; Pennsylvania: Philadelphia (probably)
Accession Number:  HD 2022.27
Credit Line:Gift of Jo Ann and Glenn Brown

Description:
This is an early example of a Colonial Revival woven coverlet. Red and white jacquard woven coverlet with central image of Memorial Hall (Philadelphia) flanked by two eagles and inscribed "CENTENNIAL / 1776-1876 / MEMORIAL HALL" around the border. There is a floral border along all four sides that depicts floral/foliate and anthemion motifs. Manufactured and sold as a souvenir of the Centennial International Exposition, held in Philadelphia in 1876. This American Centennial, Jacquard, tied-Beiderwand coverlet was woven for and sold at the Centennial International Exposition in 1876; as a souvenir for visitors. The Centennial Exposition was the first official World’s Fair. The coverlet was woven using cotton and wool yarns and features Memorial Hall, the building used to house the art gallery space for the fair, in the center field. The Beaux-Arts building is labeled below, surrounded by ivy, and flanked by a pair of Great Seal eagles. The building still stands in Philadelphia today and was renovated in 2010, and is currently the home of the Please Touch Museum. These coverlets were produced industrially, likely in the Philadelphia area. There were made as affordable souvenirs. The coverlet measures 77.5 inches by 75.5 inches and was almost certainly woven on a Jacquard power loom.

Tags:
souvenirs; buildings; exhibitions

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