Bed valence

Crewelwork embroidery

mid 18th century

Object Place: New England, United States


30.5 x 154.5 cm (12 x 60 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery and wool twill tape

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Shaped bed valence; linen ground cloth (2 pieces) embroidered with symmetrical design of undulating vine bearing large flowers, growing from foot of central tree in which are perched three small birds in several shades of pink, yellow, orange, blue and green wool, and a little white wool; red wool tape binding around edge; stems, tree trunk and branches in multiple rows of stems stitch; outlines of leaves and flowers in stem stitch; leaves, flowers, and mound at bottom filled in with Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch; orange stamen of flowers flanking tree at center are of white rows of stem stitch couched with orange threads

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund