Gee's Bend Pettway Quilt Design Covered Mug with Tea Infuser

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The brilliant design on this mug recreates "Housetop and Bricklayer with Bars" (ca. 1955), a pattern by Gee's Bend quilter Lucy T. Pettway. This exceptional textile is intentionally pictorial; Pettway has realized an imaginary aerial view of the old Pettway plantation, formerly belonging to Joseph Gee.

Born in 1921, Lucy T. Pettway was the fourth of 14 children. She farmed on her family's property and spent the rest of her life primarily farming and quilting. Much like her father's assistant, Lucy was a reliable farmhand, doing work like plowing that the other girls were not allowed to do.

Since the early 20th century, the Quilters of Gee's Bend — a small Black community in Alabama — have created hundreds of patchwork masterpieces. Their imaginative and boundary-pushing work constitutes a crucial achievement in the history of American art.

  • Porcelain mug
  • Stainless steel tea infuser
  • 4 1/4'' H
  • 10.5 oz.
  • Mug is dishwasher and microwave safe; the infuser should be hand-washed, do not microwave
  • Gift boxed