Valance for a bed

18th century

Object Place: France


32.4 x 319 cm (12 3/4 x 125 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and linen ground with wool tambour embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: cotton and linen, five pieces sewn together. Design: scalloped lower edge embroidered with scrolling bands containing flowers; scallops divide valance into nine compartments of which five to left are filled with colorful birds perched on branches (3d one is empty); three to right are filled with delicate scrolling branches bearing fruit and flowers. Worked with polychrome wools in chain stitch with a few details in French knots. Some holes and mends, black yarns rotted out.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund