Bed valence

Crewelwork embroidery

mid 18th century

Object Place: New England, United States


Overall: 34.9 x 200.7 cm (13 3/4 x 79 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 (3 pieces) embroidered with undulating vine bearing large flowers (at the left of central flower are two small birds) several shades of pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green wool, and a little white wool; red wool tape binding around edge; leaves and flowers outlined in stem stitch and filled in with Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch; stems in stem stitch

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund