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Valance, wool embroidery

ca. 1770
Origin: America, Massachusetts
OH: 12 1/4": OW: 65"
Linen, crewel wool
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1973-236,1
Bed valance, one of three, for the top of a tall-post bedstead. Made of dark tan linen ground with straight top and shaped contour edges bound with green twill-woven worsted tape. Floral embroidery worked with crewel wools shows isolated sprigs and clusters of colored flowers and leaves.
Label:Originally part of a larger set of bed hangings that enclosed the sides of a tall post bed, this valance has a history of ownership in the Gore family of Massachusetts. Probably worked at home by a woman for the family's use, the valance exhibits a sense of movement and brilliant color that mark it as an artistic domestic product.
Provenance:By tradition, originally owned and probably made by a member of the Gore family of Massachusetts.