Curtain

1696 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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Curtain of embroidered crewel work. Linen and cotton twill embroidered with coloured worsteds in stem, long and short, chain, buttonhole, satin, Romanian, coral and detached chain stitches with French knots and speckling.

With a repeating design of wavy stems springing from small wavy mounds and bearing large fanciful leaves with curled and turned-over edges decorated with geometrical or sprig fillings. From the branches spring sprays of small leaves, acorns and vine branches with bunches of grapes, leaves and tendrils. Perched on or flying between the leaves and branches are eight exotic birds including a parrot and two crested birds, some of them bearing sprigs of berries in their beaks. The branches are worked in shades of and the other parts of the design in shades of green relieved by browns and red.


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Materials and Techniques
Embroidered crewel work of linen and cotton with coloured worsted
Brief Description
Curtain of embroidered crewel work of linen and cotton with coloured worsted, England, 1696
Physical Description
Curtain of embroidered crewel work. Linen and cotton twill embroidered with coloured worsteds in stem, long and short, chain, buttonhole, satin, Romanian, coral and detached chain stitches with French knots and speckling.



With a repeating design of wavy stems springing from small wavy mounds and bearing large fanciful leaves with curled and turned-over edges decorated with geometrical or sprig fillings. From the branches spring sprays of small leaves, acorns and vine branches with bunches of grapes, leaves and tendrils. Perched on or flying between the leaves and branches are eight exotic birds including a parrot and two crested birds, some of them bearing sprigs of berries in their beaks. The branches are worked in shades of and the other parts of the design in shades of green relieved by browns and red.
Dimensions
  • Length: 70in
  • Width: 46in
Object history
A curtain (961.120.1) from the same set in the Royal Ontario Museum has the date 1696 embroidered on it. (ROM has two curtains, the other 961.178).
Bibliographic Reference
Brett, Katherine, English Embroidery Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries, Collections of the Royal Ontario Museum, 1972, p.47-8
Collection
Accession Number
T.166-1961

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record createdAugust 19, 2005
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