Cover for a chair seat

Crewelwork embroidery

second quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: Boston area, New England


Overall: 46.7 x 39.7 cm (18 3/8 x 15 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and linen twill (fustian), wool embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Chair seat of cotton and linen twill (fustian) embroidered with wool (crewelwork) in low hills at bottom in green, yellow, and blue bands with leaves and strawberries, two flowering trees with birds, lamb (or perhaps a dog) on left; floating mound with three trees on right; butterfly at top; most of design in New England laid stitch or Roumanian couching; some small areas of satin stitch found on the birds, flowers and leaves of smaller trees; outline or stem stitch on thinner lines, such as the grid at the center of rose at top; made to go with 19.67 and 19.596-610; cotton weft is vertical and linen warp is horizontal because textile was rotated 90 degrees before embroidering


1919, gift of Samuel Bradstreet, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 17, 1919)

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet