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Embroidered bed curtain

Date:
1670–1700
Geography:
Possibly made in United States; Possibly made in England
Culture:
British
Medium:
Cotton/linen embroidered with wool thread
Dimensions:
76 x 74 in. (193 x 188 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.88a–f
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 710
A profusion of carefully organized motifs rendered in red wool thread appears on the cream-colored foundation of this bed curtain. The panel descended in the Clapp family, members of which emigrated from England to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1680. While the bed hangings may have been embroidered in the New World, the pattern was stamped on the fabric in England—the black ink outline is still visible.
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