Bed Valance

Crewelwork embroidery
Fragment of a bed curtain

American, Boston

Place of Creation: Massachusetts, United States


35 x 85 cm (13 3/4 x 33 7/16 in.); Legacy dimension: .85 x .35 including trimming on one side, of white braid and knotted fringe

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Part of bed hanging made of five pieces of white linen and cotton twill (fustian) with napped face joined and with wool embroidery (crewelwork); New England laid stitch or Roumanian Couching used for thick yellow and red stems, most of the leaves, pink and red flower buds, much of bird and large purple, beige and pink flower; open areas on leaves and large flowers outlined in chain or link stitch and filled in with small dots of seed stitch; thin green stems throughout and outline of small red flower made in stem stitch; satin stitch used for small solid areas, such as the tail of the bird; herringbone stitch used for lower part of large blossom; made to go with 19.67 and 19.596-19.610


Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet