Cover for a chair seat

Crewelwork embroidery

second quarter of the 18th century

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


46.3 x 56.5 cm (18 1/4 x 22 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and linen twill (fustian), wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Chair seat of cotton and linen twill (fustian) embroidered with wool (crewelwork); two pieces of ground cloth with abutting seam across top; embroidered on lower left with stag seated on rolling hills in green, yellow, and blue bands with leaves, flowers, and strawberries; hills on right covered with blades of grass; large tree with swirled fruit and pointed leaves on left; small multicolored bird standing on green and yellow mound; large multicolored bird at center standing on flowering stump; small multicolored bird between stump and large tree with rose on right; leaping stag in front of tree on right; red, mauve, and yellow butterfly at top center; most of design in New England laid stitch or Roumanian couching and some satin stitch; thinner lines, such as the blades of grass, thin branches, and butterfly antennae, in stem/outline stitch; small area of yellowish green cross stitches at bass of tree on right; made to go with 19.67 and 19.596-610; cotton weft is vertical and linen warp is horizontal because textile was rotated 90 degrees before embroidering


Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1924

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet