Wall panel or headcloth from a set of bed hangings

about 1730–50

Object Place: Paris, France


248.9 cm (98 in.) W: 73 in.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chinoiserie style; wool embroidery on cotton, later reapplied to silk satin ground

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Design after one of the important French “ornamaniste” of the begining of the 18th century like Audran, Pineau or Oppenord. The whole embroidery is in chain stitch. The central themes are two chinoseries: on the lower part, a king seated under a canopy and receiving respects, above a queen to whom gifts are presented. The ornamental detail - the shells, the scrolls, the flower garlands, the masks, as well as the general composition make this panel a typical French Regence document. Was part of a set of panels framed in gilded boiserie. The embroidery has been taken away from its original background and put on a new satin background at the very end of the 19th century.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund