Bedspread with arms of Antonio de S. Miguel, Bishop of Michoacán, Mexico

Chinese for export
late 18th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 218.4 x 212.1 cm (86 x 83 1/2 in.) with fringe Other (fringe): 6cm (2 3/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; embroidery

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



(Chinese for Western market). Worked for Antonio de S. Miguel, Bishop of Mechoacan, a province of New Spain, now Mexico; light greenish-blue satin ground embroidered with polychrome silks, silver metal thread (in incription) and a little gold metal thread (in figure of dog), largely in satin stitch wi5ht some stem stitch and a little couching; centeral round medallion with bishop;s hat, above shield (?) form bearing a rampant dog (?) adorned with large leaves and Mexican symbols; inscription in medallion frame: E. ANTONIUS DE S. MIGUEL D. G. EPISCP. MECHOACANENSIS; body of spread filled with flower-filled urns with flowers on slender stems trailing widely from urns; deep border design of flower-filled urns and baskets on two long sides; all edges trimmed with silver fringe; lined (probably recently) with light tan sateen; a number of small holes.


1952, gift of Mrs. William Dexter, Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 14, 1952)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Dexter