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Tabby-weave cotton face and back: cotton filling. Designed as coordinating all-white textiles for a bedroom setting, the surviving pieces in this suite are all patterned by stuffing within backstitch outlines. Such work is variously known as stuffed-work, trapunto, and Marseilles quilting. The coverlet boasts a central basket from which arc foliate branches. Along the sides and across the foot is an undulating, twisted garland, while across the top a bowed swag forms the border. Although not so exuberant, the table covers likewise feature a central basket containing a foliate spray and a modified crescent undulating border. The valance is edged with a row of partial scallop-shell motifs above which undulates a floral garland. The matching bed skirt is worked
only with the scallop motif.
Related examples: Table covers at Williams- burg (acc. nos. G1971-133; G1982-147; G1985-188). br>
Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.
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Bed ValancePart of a Bedroom Furnishings Set
- c. 1790–1820
- 220 1/16 × 16 3/4in. (559 × 42.5cm)
- Credit Line
The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
Acquired by Miss Ima Hogg on June 26, 1961, from Curtis Tavern, West Granville MA