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September 13, 1996 – January 12, 1997
Museum: Renwick Gallery
Location: Galleries 104 & 105, 1st Floor
Some 26 rare American quilts made before 1850 represent the genteel quilting tradition that predates the folk art quilting tradition. The Patricia Smith Collection is the largest assembly of American wholecloth, pieced, and quilted textiles made from calico and chintz.