Beadwork cushion

English, used in America
late 17th century
Elizabeth Roberts (English (1651-1713))


Place of Manufacture: probably England; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 29.2 x 45.4 x 2.2 cm (11 1/2 x 17 7/8 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.1029

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave, glass beads, metal spangles, lace with metallic threads, linen plain weave (backing and reverse)

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Pink silk cushion embroidered with beadwork figures, spangles, and trimmed with metallic lace (now oxidized black); large tree at center with three yellow fruits (possibly yellow plums), single white blossom with yellow center, and two leaves; male figure left of tree with long brown hair, high collar, green suit, brown cape, black scabbord, white and blue stockings, and black shoes with red soles; female figure right of tree with long brown hair, wide white collar, green and blue dress with yellow outlines, and yellow shoes with red soles; blue, yellow, green, black, and white butterfly at centers of top and bottom flanked by a white uncorn and brown lion; same butterfly figure at centers of sides between small oak trees with acorns in corners

Provenance

Inherited by Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent