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Bed cover

Bed cover

  • Place of origin:

    Portugal (register says Spanish, CIC record said Portugal, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polychrome silk embroidery on linen with floral pattern.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Wilmot P. Herringham, in memory of Lady Herringham.

  • Museum number:

    T.161-1929

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Polychrome silk embroidery in satin, stem, long and short, ladder, and buttonhole stitches on linen. The middle has an all-over repeating pattern of small lobed compartments, each containing a carnation plant, surrounded by symmetrical interlacing leafy stems bearing carnations and other flowers. Small birds are perched upon the stems. There is a broad border of wavy rose and carnation stems between two narrow bands of leafy spirals, a yellow silk fringe, and four large tassels.

Place of Origin

Portugal (register says Spanish, CIC record said Portugal, made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Polychrome silk embroidery on linen with floral pattern.

Dimensions

Length: 115 in, Width: 77.5 in with fringe

Object history note

Registered File number 1929/10329. Broad border nearly identical in pattern with that on coverlet no. 533-1877.

Descriptive line

Silk embroidery on linen; Portuguese; 1700s.

Materials

Silk thread; Linen

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Birds; Carnations; Roses; Stems

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles; Interiors

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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