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Bed valance

Origin: Probably England (textile); America (valance)
OD: 11 1/4"; OL: 80"
Cotton; linen and wool trimming
Gift of Franklin R. Cushman
Acc. No. 1952-13
Bed valance for the side of a tall-post bedstead. The valance is shaped with shallow eared projections and bound on all sides with tape of natural linen patterned in blue wool (5/8" wide). The lining is natural plain-woven linen. The textile is woodblock printed with china blue on natural tabby-woven cotton in a design of flower sprays (full-blown flowers with buds, stems and leaves).
Label:Most fashionable beds of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were enclosed by curtains and topped by narrow valances such as this that formed a decorative heading and hid the curtain hardware.
Provenance:Donor stated that the valance had a history of ownership in the Cushman family of Connecticut and Rhode Island