Embroidered bed curtain
Possibly made in United States; Possibly made in England
Cotton/linen embroidered with wool thread
76 x 74 in. (193 x 188 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1940
A profusion of carefully organized motifs rendered in red wool thread appears on the cream-colored foundation of this bed curtain. The panel descended in the Clapp family, members of which emigrated from England to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1680. While the bed hangings may have been embroidered in the New World, the pattern was stamped on the fabric in England—the black ink outline is still visible.
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