I love very early antique quilts and fabrics especially 1820's to 1860's. And my favorite fabrics are pillar print chintz fabrics like this charmer featuring birds and flowers atop a pillar or column. Pillar prints were only popular for a short period of time and printed mainly between 1800-1830. They were only printed by English printers. They are seen in American whole cloth and pieced quilts between 1820-60.
This piece is about 10 x 13 inches, large enough to experience and study the fabric but much more economical than purchasing a whole quilt. Check with antique dealers to see if they have yardage - it is a great way to own a piece of history at an affordable price. Circa 1825-35.
And here is another glorious pillar print with fabulous baskets of flowers and fruit. So glad the auction house showed the backing fabric on this quilt, it was definitely why I wanted this quilt. Though the front is very nice too with tiny double nine patches (individual 9 patches are only 3 inches). Circa 1835 or 1840.
This gorgeous egg glazed chintz was part of a bedset/bed curtains (drapes around the canopy bed). It is from about 1830- 40 and the edges are finished with hand loomed tape that is often called "Trenton Tape" as it was very popular in Trenton and other parts of New Jersey.
Here is a simpler pillar print with flowers and grapes that is perfectly showcased in a whole cloth quilt. Circa 1830.