Bed curtain

Crewelwork embroidery

second quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 215.9 x 222.3 cm (85 x 87 1/2 in.) (Max)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with wool

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Crewelwork bed curtain; plain weave linen ground (two lengths and one piece running vertically) with wool embroidery in five rows of large tree and flower motifs alternating with smaller ones; polychrome parrot in tree at center of fourth row from top; most of shaded areas in the mounds, leaves, flowers, fruit, trees, and bird in Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch; narrow stems and outlines in stem stitch; dots in flowers and leaves in seed stitch; rows of dots in mounds in darning stitch; acorn cups and some flower centers in grid of threads couched with stem stitch


Lent by Mrs. Daniel Staniford, September 14, 1928.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Daniel P. Staniford