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Cover

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet embroidered with silver-gilt and silver thread and silver-gilt strips

  • Museum number:

    807-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Beds and their furnishings were the most prominent and costly articles of furniture in the home in the 17th century and a lavishly decorated cover like this would have drawn attention to the bed and displayed the owners' wealth and status.

The embroidery is composed of silver and silver-gilt thread and silver-gilt strips on a red velvet ground and depicts small leafy stems, some bearing roses, honeysuckle, columbines and other flowers, and some bearing grapes. Round the edge of the cover is a repeating border composed of larger stems of similar character. Metal thread is particularly difficult to work with, and work of this quality was therefore usually produced by a professional embroiderer.

Physical description

From register 'Cover of crimson velvet, embroidered with silver-gilt and silver thread and silver-gilt strips. Small leafy stems bearing roses, honeysuckle, columbines and other flowers, and grapes. Round the edge is a repeating border composed of larger stems of similar character.'

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1600-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Velvet embroidered with silver-gilt and silver thread and silver-gilt strips

Dimensions

Weight: 11 kg, Width: 2260 mm Top edge, Width: 2290 mm Bottom edge, Length: 1590 mm Proper right edge, Length: 1590 mm Proper left edge

Descriptive line

embroidered velvet, 1600-1649, English; Red velvet embroidered with metal thread

Materials

Velvet; Silver-gilt thread; Silver thread

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Columbine (flower); Roses; Grapes; Honeysuckle

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery; Furniture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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