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Chair seat

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Embroidered chair seat (crewelwork); abstract floral motifs in pink, red, blue, yellow, and white with jagged blue-green edges (flame stitch pattern); densely embroidered throughout in Irish stitch (also called Florentine, bargello, Hungarian point, and flame stitch)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

Crewelwork embroidery

American (New England), mid-18th century

Object Place

New England, United States


Overall: 51.4 x 54.6 cm (20 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.) Other (embroidered pattern): 45.7 x 54.6 cm (18 x 21 1/2 in.) Other (selvedge to selvedge): 54.6 cm (21 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with wool embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts