Part of a bed valance

Crewelwork embroidery
Bed hanging

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


Object Place: Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

32.5 x 192 cm (12 13/16 x 75 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.55

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Bed valance, probably hung on proper right side of bed because of shaped edge on right; single piece of plain weave linen with selvedge across top; embroidered with flowering vine on mound with sheep, squirrel, and strawberry at center flanked by flowering vines with strawberries and buds and large lobed leaves; stems and yellow tulips in solid stem or outline stitch, and leaves and other flowers outlined in stem stitch and filled in the New England laid or Roumanian couching; centers on several flowers and pink fruit on right are a grid of stem or outline stitches filled in with cross stitches; some flower centers in French knots; leaves behind roses outlines in buttonhole stitches; from same set as 49.56

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Lillian K. H. Sanborn