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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1830-1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain weave ramie with embroidered designs

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Perkins H. Bailey, in memory of her husband

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A pair of identical curtains of plain weave natural-coloured ramie, each one embroidered in white twisted thread with a design of birds and butterflies amongst flowers and bamboo. The arrangement of the design is very similar to that on some Chinese export wallpaper. There is a drawn threadwork border around the sides and along the hem. The sides and hem are turned under for a depth of 9 cm and there is a cord threaded through the hem.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1830-1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Plain weave ramie with embroidered designs


Length: 248 cm, Width: 99 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1983/2012.

According to the donor, four pairs of these curtains were commissioned from China by the Hudson branch of her husband's family to complement the Chippendale furniture in the drawing room. The Hudsons were apparently connected with the China Trade. The donor has a self portrait of Maria Hagaman dating from around 1818 who supposedly designed the curtains. Maria Hagaman's family were early Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam before it became New York. It seems unlikely that the curtains were specifically designed in America as they are of a standard pattern.

Descriptive line

Pair of curtains, plain weave natural coloured ramie embroidered with white twisted thread, China, Qing dynasty, 1830-40

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Verity, Chinese Textiles, London: V&A Publications, 2005, pp. 35 & 99, fig. 35 & 110


Ramie; Thread


Plain weave; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Bamboo; Birds; Butterflies


Textiles; Household objects; Embroidery


East Asia Collection

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