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Silk satin embroidered valance

The ground is of deep yellowish pink satin. The design of peonies, butterflies, etc., is worked with various shades of pink, blue, green, yellow, white and black silk. Sewed onto three sides is an embroidered border with a design of various shaped medallions enclosing landscapes, flowers and...

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By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Chinese, late 19th century

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Silk satin embroidered with floss silks


Textiles and Fashion Arts