Crewelwork bed cover, crewel wool on cotton and fustian, embroidered in red, blue, green, gray, and white. Originally made for bed hanging; later refashioned as quilted bed cover. Chinoiserie design; twining vines extending from rocky hillocks at lower edge; large and small floral and foliate motifs. Stitches include stem, long-and-short, Romanian, knotwork (coral, French, Colonial), carpet-work, eyelet (closed) and self-couching.
Cherished Possessions, SPNEA, 2001.<br/>
According to family tradition, Captain Richard Fifield of Boston sent to England for the material for a full set of bed hangings, with the design already drawn on them, for his wife and daughter to embroider. Evidence of the pre-drawn design survives where the thread has worn away. The bed hangings became treasured family heirlooms, passed down through the generations until, sometime in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century, they were divided and reworked to create four bed coverings. The four bed coverings descended among family members. This one came to SPNEA in 2001, a gift of the heirs of the first Mary Fifield's great-great-great-great-grandson.
Fifield, Mary Thurston, 1667- (Embroiderer)
Adams, Mary Fifield, 1694-1748 (Embroiderer)
Elder of known makers d. 1714.
"Wrought about the year 1714/by Mrs. Mary Fifield assisted/by her daughter Mary, the mother/of Samuel Adams, later Governor/of Massachusetts./Copy of label in upper left corner/of back of spread. R. Hale-April 1957" (Inked on sewn-in label at lower left corner of verso.)
- Location of origin
- Object type
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
- Descriptive terms
- People and organizations
Adams, Mary Fifield, 1694-1748
Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803
Fifield, Mary Thurston, 1667-
- 60 1/2 (W) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Gift of heirs of William Trowbridge Forbes
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