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Part of bed hanging made of five pieces of white linen and cotton twill (fustian) with napped face joined and with wool embroidery (crewelwork); New England laid stitch or Roumanian Couching used for thick yellow and red stems, most of the leaves, pink and red flower buds, much of bird and large...

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Inherited by Samuel Bradstreet; Gift to the MFA, 1919

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel Bradstreet

Crewelwork embroidery

Fragment of a bed curtain

American, Boston, Colonial, 1725–50

Place of Creation

Massachusetts, United States


35 x 85 cm (13 3/4 x 33 7/16 in.); Legacy dimension: .85 x .35 including trimming on one side, of white braid and knotted fringe

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Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave with wool embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts