About this artwork
The history of this bedcover indicates that it was made in 1778 for the dowry chest of Eliza Ann Hunnewell. Bedcovers, the majority of which were quilted or pieced, represent a significant part of a girl’s dowry or hope chest. The chest would include multiple bedcovers, often with one particularly ornate and finely executed example, made for or by a young woman of marriageable age.
- Currently Off View
- United States
- Made 1778
- Wool, plain weave, glazed (calimanco); quilted with silk thread
- 244.2 × 228.6 cm (96 1/8 × 90 in.)
- Grace R. Smith Textile Endowment