Bed valance

Crewelwork embroidery

18th Century
around 1725

Object Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States


35 x 184 cm (13 3/4 x 72 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bed valance shaped along bottom edge; single piece of plain weave linen with selvedge across top edge embroidered with symmetrical flowering vine design across bottom with eight isolated flowers across top; most stems in outlined in stem stitch and filled in with herringbone stitch, most flowers and some leaves in dense rows of stem stitch, two large red flowers in corners in Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch with stem stitching used for outlines and small areas of filling, two large flowers at bottom outlined in stem stitch and filled in the Roumanian couching with dots in link stitch, small red-and-white and red-and-orange flowers at top center have chain stitched stems with Roumanian couching leaves and stem stitched blossoms


Labeled "Colonial Embroidery about 1725. A part of a set of bed curtains lent by Miss Nellie Wade (Historical Society, Ips. 1900)" Returned May 16, 1952, Relent Oct. 21, 1953, Returned July 15, 1957, Relent May 9, 1959, made a gift, June 9, 1959.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Jason Westerfield