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Set of bed hangings

Set of bed hangings

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Muslin, trimmed with needle and bobbin tape lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Harold Exham

  • Museum number:

    T.225 to C-1957

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This set of bed hangings was made for the marriage in 1875 of Queen Natalie, the daughter of a Russian colonel, to Milan IV, King of Serbia. The marriage was an unhappy one, and Natalie, who was very popular with the Serbian people, was divorced from the King in 1888. In 1889 Milan abdicated in favour of their 12 year old son, Alexander.

As well as the deep and wide hanging trimmed with lace illustrated here, the set includes a lace-trimmed muslin valance nearly 12 m long that would have been ruched and draped aroung the sides of the bed, and two further valances of lace each measuring nearly 4 m in length.

Physical description

Set of muslin bed hangings trimmed with needle and bobbin lace

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1875 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Muslin, trimmed with needle and bobbin tape lace

Object history note

Said to have been made for the wedding of Queen Natalie of Serbia to King Milan IV in 1875. Formerly in the Alfred Duane Pell Collection, New York


Muslin; Needle lace; Bobbin lace


Lace making




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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