Bed Valance

Crewelwork embroidery
Part of a bed curtain

American, Boston

Place of Creation: Massachusetts, Unites States


Overall: 31 x 205.1 cm (12 3/16 x 80 3/4 in.) Other (Top edge measurement): 200 cm (78 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave with wool embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cotton and linen twill (fustian) with napped face embroidered with bright colored wools in a design of leaves and flowers growing from undulating stems. On them is a pink bird with a blue head and blue and yellow wings and tail. The colors are blues, browns, greens, yellows, reds, and a little neutral violet. Made to go with 19.67 and 19.596-19.610. Mostly Roumanian couching stitch used for solid sections of the stems, leaves, flowers and bird; stem stitch for outlines and thin stems; double back stitch lines with star motifs on blue flower on left; herringbone stitch used for a few thin leaves; bullion stitches used on center of red flower


Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet