multicolored embroidery depicting overall scene of fanciful birds perched on curvaceous flowering trees; very bottom depicts rolling hills with a deer in the center and other small animals prancing about the ground; double layer backing; light brown background

Bed Curtain, c. 1740

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For centuries beds were extremely important pieces of furniture that were frequently enriched with the addition of elaborate textiles. Bed curtains such as this panel, added a bold aesthetic statement complimenting the tastes of the period, to a room that was used as a social center as well as a place for nocturnal rest. The overall design reflects colonial appreciation of England's interpretation of the Indian floral style while the inclusions of animals and the diversity of the crewel worked embroidery points to the skill and sophistication present in the Boston area during the middle of the 18th century. 18th century American embroidery of this size and quality are extremely rare.

Details
Title
Bed Curtain
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.247
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multicolored embroidery depicting overall scene of fanciful birds perched on curvaceous flowering trees; very bottom depicts rolling hills with a deer in the center and other small animals prancing about the ground; double layer backing; light brown background