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Bed cover

Bed cover

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1691 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dolben, Gillan (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidery on satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Frank Green

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Polychrome silk embroidery in satin, long and short, and split stitches and French knots on oyster-white satin.

In the middle is a large phoenix, surrounded by detached groups and single figures, including St Luke (the Salutation?), men shooting birds, women with attendants carrying umbrellas, children playing or asleep, birds, animals, blossoming trees and floral sprays.

The corners have a more symmetrical arrangement of flowering stems. The deep borders (cut to fit a four-post bedstead) have similar patterns to the middle portion. There is a trimming of brown and white tasselled braid.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1691 (made)


Dolben, Gillan (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidery on satin

Marks and inscriptions

'Gillan Dolben'
Embroidered on the book St Luke is reading.

Embroidered on the collars of the dogs depicted.

Register does not note where these initials are embroidered.


Length: 93 in, Width: 88 in

Object history note

Registered File no. 1930/7947.

Descriptive line

Embroidered satin, signed Gillan Dolben; England; 1691.

Production Note

Register: "Probably English work but with Chino-Portuguese influence."


Silk thread; Silk (textile)


Embroidered; Satin weave

Subjects depicted

Phoenix; Hunting; Trees; Animals; Umbrellas; Birds; Flowers; Dogs


Interiors; Embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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