TEXTILE FRAGMENT, ABOUT 1840
Printing shaded colors like this blue became possible in the 1820s, but became widespread by about 1840. Known then as “rainbow prints” and today as “ombré” or “fondu” (French for shaded and melted), they became enormously popular in both dress prints and quilts.
Probably printed in the United States
10” x 17”
Gift of Zelina Comegys Brunschwig, in honor of her mother, Elise Comegys, 5662