Border with Peacock Motif

18th-19th century

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This valance, a decorative drapery made for attachment at the frame of the bed, was a typical object from the dowry of a bride in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russia. The valance, which shows a magnificent peacock flanked by temples or shrines, would have been made for the wedding night of a newlywed couple.

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  • Title: Border with Peacock Motif
  • Date Created: 18th-19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 52.1 x 145.4 cm (20 1/2 x 57 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Lace
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1921.1141
  • Medium: cutwork and drawnwork: linen; straight (continuous) bobbin lace (tape lace) edging; applied silk (est.) ribbon and embroidery
  • Fun Fact: Handmade lace for marriage dowries was produced in large quantities in Russia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • Department: Textiles
  • Culture: Russia, 18th-19th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of J. H. Wade
  • Collection: Textiles
  • Accession Number: 1921.1141

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