Quilted bed cover

Crewelwork embroidery
originally bed hangings

1713 (original bed hangings)
Embroidered by Mary Drew Fifield (American, 1672–1713), Embroidered by Mary Fifield Adams (American, 1694–1748), Probably reworked by Bethiah Avery Grosvenor (1781–1833)

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


204 x 147 cm (80 5/16 x 57 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton twill (fustian) with wool embroidery; pieced and quilted; linen plain weave backing and silk twill tape

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Quilted bed cover made from embroidered valance and bed curtain; embroidered valance pieced across top; quilted with diagonal lines of stitches; plain white backing and yellowish tape binding; embroidered with flowering trees with exotic curling foliage growing from rocky mounds across bottom; laid stitches used for pink and beige stems and blue and green rocky mounds; link stitches, french knots, bullion stitches used in flower centers and in mound; variety of stitches, including cross stitch, used to fill in leaves; smaller stems made with stem stitch, original blue ink line visible where worn


Made from set of bed hangings embroidered before 1713 by Mary (Drew) Fifield (1672-1713) and her step-daughter Mary Fifield (1694-1748), who married Boston brewer Samuel Adams (b. 1689) in 1713; Bed hangings inherited by daughter Mary Adams (b. 1717), who married Boston tailor James Allen in 1742; Bed hangings inherited by daughter Mary Adams (1754-1842), who married the Rev. Joseph Avery of Holden, Massachusetts; Valance and large curtain inherited and made into bedcover by daughter Bethiah Avery (1781-1833) probably sometime before her marriage to Jonathan Grosvenor in 1804; Bed cover inherited by oldest daughter Lucy Bethiah (Grosvenor) Manning; Inherited by son David Manning; Inherited by son Alexander Bigelow Manning; Gift to uncle Joseph Avery Manning of Brookline; Gift to MFA from Mrs. Joseph Avery Manning in 1931

Credit Line

GIft of Mrs. Joseph Avery Manning