Grand in scope and gorgeous to look at, Four Centuries of Quilts is one of the most important references on quilts and quilting available. Quilts are among the most utilitarian of art objects, yet the best among them possess a formal beauty that rivals anything made on canvas.
This landmark book, drawn from the world-renowned collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, highlights the splendor and crafts of quilts with more than 300 superb color images and details. Fascinating essays by two noted scholars trace the evolution of quilting styles and trends as they relate to the social, political, and economic issues of their time. Sure to become one of the most useful and beloved references on quilts and quilting for years to come.
Makes a wonderful gift for quilters!
By Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey
Published by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Yale University Press
Features quilts made by diverse religious and cultural groups across the continents
9" X 10"
Praise for Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection
"The most important work on the topic of quilts ever published. This volume highlights scads of exquisite eye candy, but it's those lovely "Baltimore album quilts" that made me gasp. And it's obvious ...that a tremendous amount of scholarly research went into this masterwork." - San Jose Mercury News
"An indispensable - and strikingly beautiful - addition to the study of American quilts. Each of the 150 quilt profiles betrays the authors' detective work and enthusiasm for their topic." - Selvedge magazine
"This book is a trove of information and inspiration, and one that any lover of antique quilts or quilt history must own." - Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting
"For anyone who has ever admired a quilt, cherished one that has been passed down through their family, studied quilts and historic textiles or personally created one, Four Centuries of Quilts is a must-have addition to their library." - The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles
"Each quilt in the book is both a work of art as well as a historic document offering revealing clues to the past." - Antiques & Auction News
"The only thing better than one great quilt is a quilt show. But no exhibit we've seen is equal to the joy of flipping through ... Four Centuries of Quilts: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection." - 360 West Magazine
"Few objects embody a story quite like a soft, worn, handed-down quilt. ... The book describes the histories of each quilt and gives a biographical sketch of the quilters themselves."- Garden and Gun
"The book is an important addition to any decorative arts library, for it contains the most recent quilts scholarship, carefully footnoted." - Maine Antique Digest
"A beautiful reference guide."- Detroit News
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