Bed valence

Crewelwork embroidery

American (New England)
second quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: New England, America


30 x 140 cm (11 13/16 x 55 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and linen plain weave with wool embroidery, linen plain weave tape, linen and cotton plain weave lining

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bed valence (sections of ends missing), cotton and linen plain weave (two pieces) embroidered with wool, lined with cotton and linen plain weave (four pieces), and bound with plain weave linen tape; flowering vine design with thin stems and outlines and some sections of leaf filling in stem stitch, shaded and solid areas of flowers and leaves in Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch, blue dots in flower on upper left in seed stitch, several flower centers in grid of threads couched with stem stitch; according to original description: “valence part of a set of bed hangings once in the Fogg House in Kensington, New Hampshire”


Purchased, 1953

Credit Line

Textile Income Purchase Fund