Embroidered cushion cover

16th century

Object Place: Switzerland


41 x 59 x 1.5 cm (16 1/8 x 23 1/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool embroidery on linen ground with linen backing

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Embroidered cushion cover, dark brown linen ground, solidly embroidered with several shades of blue, green, red, yellow, and a little cream white, brown, and black wool which has almost entirely rotted away, background of design blue, a plant with scrolling branches and leaves and flowers grows from a vase in lower middle, an armorial shield in each corner, arms not identified, edges piped with yellow and red woolen cloth, back of cover brown linen, faded, torn, repaired.


Mrs. Adolph Loewi, Venice and Los Angeles [see note 1]; 1951, sold by Adolph Loewi to the MFA for $350. (Accession Date: September 13, 1951)

[1] This had been privately owned for many years.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund