Cover for a bench

18th century

Object Place: New England


145 x 55 cm (57 1/16 x 21 5/8 in.) (detail shown)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen embroidered with wool yarns

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Cover for the top of a bench. The design of irregular points, zig-zags, etc. is worked with pink, yellow, green, blue, and light neutral wools, in several tones and values of each color, and is outlined in part, with dark brown. The stitch, a straight single stitch, parallel to the warp of the canvas, is sometimes called Florentine stitch, Hungarian point, Bargello work, etc. Formerly mounted on modern bench (25.191.2).

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Elizabeth H. Clark in memory of Mary R. Crowninshield