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Bed curtain

linen (twill), wool (thread)
172.5 × 134.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1928
Gallery location
Not on display

The flowering tree was the predominant design for fashionable embroidered bed hangings produced in England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The design was adapted by English embroiderers from motifs depicted on the much coveted, brightly coloured, washable cotton chintzes being imported from India in large quantities at that time. This pattern is a stylised hybrid combining Chinese, Persian, Indian and European elements, coalesced over centuries of trade and modified for European tastes.