Quilted bed cover

late 18th century

Object Place: New England, United States


242 x 243.3 cm (95 1/4 x 95 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and linen plain weave, quilted

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Quilted whole cloth bed cover of unglazed pale yellowish-tan wool with a now darker panel inserted at top center; shaped to fit around bedposts. Hand quilted with about 11 stitchs per inch. Backed with orange-tan wool plain weave. Ground quilted in narrow diagonal stripes and scrolling leaves and flowering vines springing from a cartouche at bottom center that form an approximately symmetrical pattern. Along edges, pyramidal unit formed of six overlapping scales is repeated at intervals.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Mary Russell in memory of Miss Vivian H. Taber