Embroidered cover

early 17th century

Object Place: England


96 x 86 cm (37 13/16 x 33 7/8 in.) including lace; Legacy dimension: H x W: 37 13/16 x 33 7/8 in. (96 x 86 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with ilk, silver and silver-gilt yarns and linen cutwork (reticella)

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cover for lady’s toilet table with cutwork and needle lace.
Five strips of linen ornamented with scrolls bearing flowers and fruit. The stems are worked with gold and silver thread in raised cable and plaited braid stitch, the flowers, fruit and foliage in tent stitch with colored silks (pink, yellow, orange, green and blue). Between the strips of linen are bands of reticella and reticella points edge the cover.


June, 1936, sold by R. Green, Esq., The Mill House, Loose, Kent, England, to John Hunt (b. 1900 - d. 1976), London; June 19, 1936, sold by John Hunt to Philip Lehman (b. 1861 - d. 1947), New York; 1938, gift of Philip Lehman to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Lehman in memory of his wife Carrie L. Lehman