About This Artwork

Mary Jones (American, active 1795/1820)
New England or Mid-Atlantic, United States

Bedcover, 1795/1820

Center: cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk, cotton, and wool in buttonhole, chain, cross, single cross, feather, Roumanian, satin, single satin, stem, and twined double running stitches; Squares: cotton, cotton and linen, and linen, plain weaves; block, copperplate, and roller printed
238.5 x 252.2 cm (93 7/8 x 99 1/4 in.)

Gift of the Antiquarian Society, 1994.293

This bedcover includes an embroidered center square and over 30 different English and French printed cottons ranging in date from about 1780 to 1810. Because the United States’ commercial textile industry was in its infancy during the late 18th century, there was a great dependency on foreign textiles. The center of the bedcover was embroidered in 1795 while printed cotton fabrics were pieced together at a later date. This bedcover represents decades of careful saving of fashionable imported printed cotton dress and furnishing fabrics.

— Gallery rotation label, Fabric of a New Nation: American Needlework and Textiles, 1776-1840, July 12th, 2012-November 11th, 2012

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