Thanks to plujon for pointing out this problem on IRC. The underlying
issue is that the quotes are stripped before the field processors get
the query string, and the heuristic for putting them back is not quite
 test/ | 13 +++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 13 insertions(+)

diff --git a/test/ b/test/
index 4085340f..7448c024 100755
--- a/test/
+++ b/test/
@@ -77,6 +77,19 @@ test_expect_equal_file cworth.msg-ids OUTPUT
 test_begin_subtest "xapian wildcard search for subject:"
 test_expect_equal $(notmuch count 'subject:count*') 1
+add_message '[from]="and"' '[subject]="and-and-and"'
+printf "id:$gen_msg_id\n" > EXPECTED
+test_begin_subtest "quoted xapian keyword search for from:"
+notmuch search --output=messages 'from:"and"' > OUTPUT
+test_expect_equal_file EXPECTED OUTPUT
+test_begin_subtest "quoted xapian keyword search for subject:"
+notmuch search --output=messages 'subject:"and-and-and"' > OUTPUT
+test_expect_equal_file EXPECTED OUTPUT
 test_begin_subtest "regexp from search, case sensitive"
 notmuch search --output=messages from:/carl/ > OUTPUT
 test_expect_equal_file /dev/null OUTPUT

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