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The Tristan Quilt (V&A 14thC )

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I'd not come across this before, but its absolutely fascinating. I hadnt really considered quilted bedcovers for this period. This one is fromn Sicily- does anyone know of any other quilt examples from this century?
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O9818 ... tan-quilt/
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsite ... ost/?p=100

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Sally, the Pastons mention bedcovers as do various inventories of higher and lower status.
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gregory23b wrote:Sally, the Pastons mention bedcovers as do various inventories of higher and lower status.
Are they definately quilted in this manner though? I've seen references to bedcovers in a few places, I just hadnt associated this style of decorative quilting with this century and I'm wondering what I've missed as a result.

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I can't say they are, certainly that one is rather lush, but quilting, or which may be assumed 'poynings' or stitches might be assumed, whether in patterns or not, again I can't say.

counterpoint, the point part refers to the stitching, see this thread, second part
http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewt ... 10&t=17213

(1467) Paston 4.264: My master delyverid to my Lady..a bed of cremysen damaske embrowdered with Cyle, counterpoynte and testour all affter one.
a1475 Bk.Courtesy (Sln 1986) 455: Þo counturpynt he lays on beddys fete.
a1500 Collect.Anglo-Premonst.in RHS ser.3.6 264: A bed of burdealexander with iii curtens & a counterponce [read: counterponte].
a1600(1472) Rec.Bluemantle (Jul C.6) 387: There was ordeined a bed..the counterpoynt cloth of gold furred with ermyne.

A bed quilt, a stuffed coverlet.

(1345-9) Wardrobe Acc.Edw.III(1) in Archaeol.31 77: Ad j lectum magnum..ij albe purpoyntes. (1376) Plea & Mem.R.Lond.Gildh. 225: [A coverlet called] porpoynt, [5 s.].
(1390) *Will Fillioll (Somerset Ho.) [OD col.] : j purpont album, bonum.
(1418) Will Bury in Camd.49 4: Item, Amye Irmonger j magnam archam, j purpeynt.
(1440) PParv.(Hrl 221) 417: Pur-poynt [Win: Purpoynte], bed hyllynge: Pulvinarium, plumea, culcitra punctata.
(1459) Paston (Gairdner) 3.182: Item, j payre of schetys..j pillowe of downe..j purpoynt white hangyd.
(1459) Paston (Gairdner) 3.184: Item, j purpeynt.
(1462) Paston 1.111: Item, iij purpoyntes of white lynen cloth.
-?-(1411) Will in Som.RS 16 48: [To Edith, their servant, one white] parpyne, [one pair of sheets of Westvale].
-?-(1427) Will in Som.RS 16 123: [One] perpoint [of linen cloth].

I typed in 'quilt' in the boolean search in the ME dictionary, see links below
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excellent, lots there to keep me busy for a while looking up new things :D

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This really is beautiful. Such work is a marvel.
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sally wrote:I'd not come across this before, but its absolutely fascinating. I hadnt really considered quilted bedcovers for this period. This one is fromn Sicily- does anyone know of any other quilt examples from this century?
Found a few references to the Pianetti Quilt (which also depicts the Tristan story) and the Ufferti Quilt (at the Bargello Museum in Florence); you may want to look for them as well.

See also -
http://wkneedle.bayrose.org/Articles/quilting.html
http://www.fridayvalentine.com/rafaella ... lanket.pdf

There's also an article which was at http://www.kateryndedevelyn.org/Quilting.pdf but I can't get to it from archive.org, unfortunately.

More links at http://moas.atlantia.sca.org/wsnlinks/i ... t&catid=67 too.

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