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Embroidered bedcover

Embroidered bedcover
Title
Embroidered bedcover
Date 
1760-1790
Medium 
Silk
Dimensions 
Overall: 79 3/4 x 92 3/4 x 1/4 in. ( 202.6 x 235.6 x 0.6 cm )
Description 
Embroidered silk bedcover with pair of Chinese dragons encircled at center, surrounded by scattered branches with blossoms and enclosed in rectangular frame with a peacock at each corner; wide meandering vine border with ikebana motif in each corner; silk backing with metal rings sewn along one edge (not original).
Credit Line 
Bequest of Miss Catherine Augusta de Peyster, 1911
Object Number 
INV.11761
Gallery Label 
The original owner of this bedcover was Mrs. John Livingston (Catharine DePeyster, 1724-1804), great-grandmother of the donor. Safford and Bishop note that embroidered silk bedcovers of this type were imported for use in the wealthiest American homes of the period (see "America's Quilts and Coverlets," p. 62).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group