Quilt No.399SM - Santa Maltese

Santa Maltese
Owner: 
Santa Maltese
Location: 
NSW Sydney
Maker
Maker: 
Guiseppa Avvocata
Made in
ITALY Sicily
Date: 
1921 - 1940
Description: 
Wholecloth quilt with top of red sateen. Hnad quilted with a large central rosette in a 'gothic' border then square on point border and outer border with rosettes in rectangular corner panel. The backing is cotton sateen with printed floral bouquets. The thick padding is cotton. This type of quilt is called 'cuttunina' in the Sicilian dialect which means 'has cotton inside'.
2360 x 2310mm
History: 

The quilt was made by Giuseppa Avvocato in Salaparuta, Sicily and is now owned by her daughter Santa Maltese.

Story: 

" This quilt was left to Santa by her mother who died when Santa was 3 years old. When Santa married in Italy in 1951 and she used it then - she has found it too heavy to use in recent years. It is a treasured memento of Santa's mother - Santa has no memories of her mother."
[Anna Drago (a friend) 29.8.98]

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