|Layered Fans, c. 1920, New York|
It's in pretty good condition. There is some minor fading, staining on the back, a couple loose seams, and migrated batting. But what an incredible work of art! I keep looking at it and wondering, "what was she thinking?" The design is intensely graphic, and although the materials are seen more often in the Victorian era, the quilt is really an art deco masterpiece.
Most intriguing is how the quilt changes in the light. In overcast daylight, it seems to have cool tones. In sun and under electric lamps, it's much warmer. The supple velvet picks up the light in mysterious ways. It has an aura about it. Once you see this quilt, you never forget it. Many thanks to Laura Fisher of Fisher Heritage in New York for offering this gem.