Autumn in New York comes in vivid color in all our new parks and now at Laura Fisher’s FISHER HERITAGE gallery in Chelsea. The colors that emerge in the landscape as the season changes can be yours year round if you add 19th century antique quilts, hooked rugs, and coverlets to your design mix.
The bronzes, russets, golds and earth tones of the season were prevalent in cotton and wool fabrics of the last half of the 19th century both for home and for self. In quilt making especially from the 1860s on, the palette out the window by September become a favored palette, and a way to help determine age and sometimes locale of origin even if no provenance accompanies a quilt. As so many hooked rugs were made using scrap textiles left over from making household goods, the tonality of the rugs reflects that trend as well.
Among the recently acquired pieces Fisher has gathered are:
- Double Cornucopia hooked rug, a brilliantly colored, finely hooked example from Maine
- Leaf motif hooked rugs that whimsically convey the seasonal change of leaves dropping to the ground
- Mennonite quilts in rich solid colors of cheddar, chocolate brown, pine green, deep red, a particular palette favored by Pennsylvania quilters of 1880s-90s
- Log Cabin variation pieced quilts in fine wool challis or cottons with an abundance of rich earth tones
- Biederwand coverlets in russet, green and natural,
- Overshot coverlets in uncommon colors of cinnamon, orange, olive - eye catching departures from the traditional indigo
Contact Laura by email (email@example.com) or cell phone (917/797-1260) for an appointment to request photos or to view in person our bounty of autumnal textiles.