Fragment from a valance or bed curtain

Crewelwork embroidery

American (New England)
mid-18th century

Object Place: New England, USA


61 x 20.5 cm (24 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Fragment from a crewelwork valance or bed curtain; hemmed at bottom; mostly embroidered in Roumanian couching or New England laid stitch, except thin stems in stem stitch and strawberries in woven stitch; strawberries, two swans, two flowers, and a butterfly within green, blue, and yellow striped mound; three blue flower centers on left with black lamb at top and remnants of beige lamb on right; holes where flower was originally embroidered on far right

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Stephen B. Ames