Wool embroidered chair seat; New England; ca.1750

Wool embroidered chair seat; New England; ca.1750

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Canvas work embroidered chair seat. Wool on linen canvas. The date "1750" in silk cross stitch. Probably New England. Thread count is 32 x 27 to the inch. Cut to shape as a chair seat, but also cut after embroidering to fit a chair. Depicts a male figure at bottom, with large flowering branch design, and a few animals. Design elements are not to the same scale. Design shows Moses at the burning bush, flowers, two animals, butterfly. Shoes on ground behind Moses. Hands, face, and shoes worked in petit point. Colors: brown ground, pinks and salmon pinks, red, blues, greens, yellows, white. The back has been reinforced and stabilized with white linen stitched along the sides. The reverse shows the original colors of the embroidery wools very clearly.
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Object Name
chair seat
date made
associated dates
1968 / 1968
place made
United States: New England
Physical Description
linen ground (overall material)
twisted wool (overall material)
reds (overall color)
blues (overall color)
greens (overall color)
golds (overall color)
brown background (overall color)
canvaswork (overall style)
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
overall: 19 1/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 48.895 cm x 52.07 cm
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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