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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Maker
American
Title
Bed Valance
Part of a Bedroom Furnishings Set
Date
c. 1790–1820
Medium
Cotton
Dimensions
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
B.61.38.5
Classification
Textiles
Provenance

Acquired by Miss Ima Hogg on June 26, 1961, from Curtis Tavern, West Granville MA