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Valance, Copperplate Print

1775-1785
Origin: England
W: 30 7/8" No repeat (fragment) 52 warps per inch; 48 wefts per inch.
Linen-cotton, copperplate-printed; linen fringe; linen-cotton top edging; linen lining
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1960-174
Bed valance of red on white copperplate-printed cotton-linen textile. The valance is shaped with two deep drops or scallops on the outer ends with two shallower drops between. The edges are ornamented with original tape and linen fringe. One element of the design consists of an Asian empress followed by a page bearing her train. Another vignette includes two Asian musicians playing horn and bells. The vignettes or groups are separated by undulating arborescent branches. The valance is lined with linen. The valance retains nail holes across the top where it was tacked to the bed frame. The holes are hidden by tape along the upper edge.
Provenance:Purchased from Connecticut-based dealers, Avis and Rockwell Gardiner.