Bed valance

Crewelwork embroidery
Bed hanging

American
1714


Object Place: New England, United States

Dimensions

28.2 x 216.8 cm (11 1/8 x 85 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

33.407

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave embroidered with wool and silk

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Bed valance cut and scalloped at sides, flat bottom, made of linen plain weave embroidered with polychrome wool (crewelwork); mostly Roumanian couching stitch especially in solid areas of leaves, fruit, and trunks of trees, flowers, and the yellow, blue and green ground area; stem stitch used for thinner branches and stems, outlines of fruit and flowers, and veins of leaves; buttonhole stitches for blades of grass; at center, near top, the date “1714” is worked in cross stitch with neutral yellow/green silk (now mostly missing).

Provenance

MFA purchase from Mrs. Alexander R. Livingston of Concord Street, Holliston, Massachusetts.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund