Valance made in China

Silk valance, 18th century, probably made in China. Silk valance, 18th century, probably made in China. Courtesy Rijksmuseum Amsterdam acc. no. BK-1980-770-J.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses an early eighteenth century (high) valance (Dutch: lambrekijn), made of yellow silk cloth that was probably made and embroidered in China. The motifs include flowers and butterflies.

The valance is bordered with blue passementerie and has a lining of linen and silk. The valance measures 27 x 188 cm. It is part of a set of bed hangings for a full-tester, which includes the lower and upper valances, the curtains, the headcloth and the counterpane. The full set is housed in the Rijksmuseum (BK-1980-770).

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam online catalogue (retrieved 6 January 2017).


Full-tester with Chinese-made bed hangings, 18th century (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, BK-1980-770).


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