Bed valance

Crewelwork embroidery

American (New England)
around 1725


Object Place: New England, United States

Dimensions

25.8 x 202.8 cm (10 3/16 x 79 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

58.947

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery, printed cotton binding (possibly added later) and silk repair stitching

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Shaped bed valance; two pieces of linen plain weave with crewelwork floral motifs; trimmed with narrow piece of red, blue and brown chintz (very worn); thicker floral stems in herringbone stitch, outlines and thinner stems in stem stitch, hem stitch also used for some outline, berries and thinker edges of leaves and flowers in Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch, larger areas of filling in flowers in dense darning stitches made in various patterns

Provenance

Gift to MFA, 1958

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Elmer Keith