Part of a bed hanging

Crewelwork embroidery
Fragment of a bed curtain

second quarter of the 18th century

Place of Creation: Massachusetts, United States


35 x 104 cm (13 3/4 x 40 15/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 1.04 x .35 including trimming on one side of white braid and knotted fringe

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Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton twill with wool embroidery

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Part of bed hanging consisting of three pieces of white linen and cotton twill (fustian) with napped face and with wool embroidery (crewelwork); New England laid stitch or Roumanian Couching used for thick yellow and red and yellow and beige stems, most of the leaves, most of the bird at center, and the beige and pink flower at center; large leaf on right outlined in chain stitch and filled in with small dots of seed stitch; thin green stems made in stem stitch as well as the outline of the butterfly and talons of the bird; satin stitch used for small solid areas, such as the small blue flower on the far left; herringbone stitch comprises single, thin green leaf at center; piece of white net sewn to narrow right edge probably not original; made to go with 19.67 and 19.596-19.610


Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet