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Curtain

Curtain

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1660-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen and cotton twill, embroidered with crewel wool

  • Museum number:

    T.29-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Crewelwork hangings were a very popular form of English domestic furnishing in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The designs were influenced by contemporary Indian embroidered, printed and painted textiles imported into Europe by the East India Company.
English crewelwork experienced a revival as fashionable furnishings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when sets (many of which had survived) were bought for use on antique four-poster beds and were also split up and used as curtains on windows. At the time the work was described erroneously as 'Jacobean' work, but later acquired the nickname 'Jacobethan'. Original crewelwork hangings were used in fashionable homes and in those of collectors, but the style also spread to new furnishings, with contemporary designers and manufacturers producing printed linens with similar trailing tree and leaf designs.

Physical description

Linen and cotton twill embroidered with crewel wool in chain, herringbone, coral and long and short stitches.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1660-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen and cotton twill, embroidered with crewel wool

Dimensions

Height: 190.5 cm, Width: 124.5 cm

Descriptive line

embroidered, 1600s, English; Crewelwork

Subjects depicted

Leaves; Plants

Categories

Embroidery; Interiors; Textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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