Enbroidered bed curtain

Sarah Noyes Chester American

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This piece is made of three panels of linen stitched together and embroidered with wool in satin, split, stem, star, and French-knot stitches. It is embroidered through two layers of linen, the top layer of which is extremely fine. It has been rebacked since it came to the Museum. The central area is embroidered with fruit trees and flowering plants, including pear, yellow apple, cherry, thistle, carnation, and rose. The piece is bordered on three sides with fantastic flowering vines in shades of blue, green, yellow, salmon, pink, and red.

Enbroidered bed curtain, Sarah Noyes Chester (1722–1797), Linen embroidered with wool, American

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