Bed valance (Lowell family set)

Crewelwork embroidery
Part of a set of bed hangngs

American (New England)
first quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: probably Boston, New England, United States


Overall: 28.6 x 219.7 cm (11 1/4 x 86 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton twill with wool embroidery and linen and cotton plain weave tape

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Linen and plain twill ground in four pieces with wool embroidery; design of hillocks, one with broken tree trunk, sprays of large flowers, some quite realistic with highly ornamental foliage; piece added to right embroidered with hillock with flowers, leaping deer and strawberries; hillocks or mounds, berries, and leaves in New England Laid stitch (Roumanian Couching), thin stems and outlines of leaves and flowers in chain stitch and filled with star and link stitches, veins of leaves in branching stem stitch, green and white hillock with broken trunk filled with couched broken stem stitch; uneven lower edge bound with tape

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen W. Coolidge