Bed valance

Crewelwork embroidery

around 1725

Object Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States


34.9 x 154.4 cm (13 3/4 x 60 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Shaped bed valance; two pieces of plain weave linen (both with selvedges across top) embroidered with symmetrical flower vine across bottom with six isolated flowers across top; stems of flowers and vine in stem and chain stitching (sometimes changes within a single stem), leaves and flowers filled in with both dense rows of stem stitch and Roumanian couching (or New England laid stitch), centers of two roses at top in bullion stitches and French knots, ends of some leaves in herringbone, small areas of satin stitch in berries and stamen ends, remnants of link stitches


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