Part of embroidered bedspread

17th century

Object Place: India


Overall: 81.9 x 347 cm (32 1/4 x 136 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain-weave with silk chain-stitch embroidery

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Part of an embroidered bedspread of thin white cotton cloth ground with design in chain stitch with polychrome silks, dark bluish-green and deep rose-red predominating; most of ground filled with large-scale design of slender scrolling branches bearing flowers, birds and curling leaves; decorative birds in interspaces; deep border design, fragmentary, of rocky landscape with animals; marked for quilting in lozenge design but with quilting stitches no longer present.


Probably late 17th century, Earls of Ashburnham, Ashburnham Place, Battle, Sussex; 1924, by inheritance to Lady Catherine Ashburnham (b. 1890 - d. 1953), Ashburnham Place; July 7-9, 1953, Lady Ashburnham estate sale, Sotheby's, London (sale held on premises), to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; 1954, gift of the Victoria and Albert Museum to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1954)

Credit Line

Gift of the Victoria and Albert Museum