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Towel

A work made of linen, plain weaves; pieced; cut and drawn thread work embroidered with cotton and linen in overcast and darning stitches; pulled thread work with linen in loop stitches; embroidered with cotton in cross and darning stitches; warp fringe; tapes of linen, plain weave.
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  • A work made of linen, plain weaves; pieced; cut and drawn thread work embroidered with cotton and linen in overcast and darning stitches; pulled thread work with linen in loop stitches; embroidered with cotton in cross and darning stitches; warp fringe; tapes of linen, plain weave.

Date:

1831

Artist:

Elizabeth Bofgholder (American, active c. 1831)
United States, Pennsylvania

About this artwork

This towel displays traditional German motifs (such as a peacock and birds in a nest) in a symmetrical arrangement. Made in Pennsylvania Dutch and German communities, towels of this type were typically made by older women, as they are technically more difficult and elaborate to create than samplers. The height of towel production for purely decorative use occurred during the 1830s.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Elizabeth Borgholder (Maker)

Title

Towel

Place

United States (Object made in)

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Made 1831

Medium

Linen, plain weaves; pieced; cut and drawn thread work embroidered with cotton and linen in overcast and darning stitches; pulled thread work with linen in loop stitches; embroidered with cotton in cross and darning stitches; warp fringe; tapes of linen, plain weave

Dimensions

145.1 × 32.1 cm (57 1/8 × 12 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Decorative Arts Auction Account

Reference Number

1948.93

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