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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1625-1675 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk with applied embroidery, applied canvaswork slips, Indian peacock feathers (Pavo cristatus)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Margaret Simeon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition, Room 40, case x14

Physical description

Silk bed curtain; appliqued with motifs worked in silk on linen canvas; embroidered with silk, floss silk and fragments of peacock feathers (Pavo cristatus) twisted with silk, Britain, 1625-1675

Place of Origin

England (made)


1625-1675 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk with applied embroidery, applied canvaswork slips, Indian peacock feathers (Pavo cristatus)


Weight: 14.5 kg, Width: 1000 mm, Height: 2330 mm

Object history note

RF number 1983/572.

Valance (T.322-1980) and curtains (T.54-1983, T.119&120-1992) were first sold at Philips in the late 1960s to early 1970s, when they were described as a 19th century reproduction. They were bought by Miss Margaret Simeon, who taught history of design at the Wimbledon School of Art. Simeon was bron in 1910, trained at the Chelsea School of Art and teh Royal College of Art and worked as a freelance textile designer. She and her sister were both artists and collected an extensive collection of ceramics, textiles and other decorative arts. Margaret Simeon was particularly interested in lace and wrote the following book: Simeon, Margaret. The history of lace. London: Staines and Bell, 1979.

Descriptive line

Bed curtain, Britain, 1625–75


Silk (textile); Linen; Indian peacock; Animal part - Pavo cristatus


Applied work


Textiles; Interiors; Household objects


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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