Bed Valance

Crewelwork embroidery
Part of set of bed hangings

American, Boston
second quarter of the 18th century

Place of Creation: Massachusetts, United States


35 x 107 cm (13 3/4 x 42 1/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 1.07 x .35 including trimming on one side of white braid and knotted fringe

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Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Part of bed hanging (small portion on left attached to longer section on right with strip of white netting); longer section on right made of three pieces of white linen and cotton twill (fustian) with napped face and with wool embroidery (crewelwork); New England laid stitch or Roumanian Couching used for thick brown, yellow and red stems, most of the leaves, the beige and pink flower at center, and the parrot; open areas on leaves and large flowers outlined in chain stitch and filled in with small dots of seed stitch; thin green stems throughout made in stem stitch; satin stitch used for small solid areas, such as the blue breast of the parrot, solid areas of yellow flower on right, and small blue flower on right; herringbone stitch used for thin, blue green leaves at center; made to go with 19.67 and 19.596-19.610


Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet