Valance for a bed

French
18th century


Object Place: France

Dimensions

31.7 x 321 cm (12 1/2 x 126 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1973.99c

Medium or Technique

Cotton and linen ground with wool tambour embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Ground: cotton and linen; four pieces sewn together. Design: scalloped lower edge edmbroidered with scrolling bands filled with flowers; scallops divide valance into eight compartments of which five to left contain flowering fruit trees and three to right contain exotic birds. Worked with polychrome wools in chain stitch with a few details in French knots. Some holes and mends, some black yarns rotted out.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund