Bedcover (Colcha) or Hanging

Bedcover (Colcha) or Hanging

1775-1825
Country
Mexico
bed cover, hanging
Wool and cotton crewel embroidery on sabinilla ground
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of the Frederic H. Douglas
1956.54
. Bedcover (Colcha) or Hanging. 1775-1825. Wool and cotton crewel embroidery on sabinilla ground. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of the Frederic H. Douglas. 1956.54.
Dimensions
length: 92 1/2 in, 234.9500 cm; width: 58 1/2 in, 148.5900 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Ancient and Latin American Art
Mexico was a cultural crossroads where design motifs from Europe and Asia, primarily China via the Philippines, mingled with local styles and preferences. The central allegorical figure of Fame is depicted in European terms: she holds two trumpets and, depending on whether she is spreading good or bad reports, blows the right- or left-hand trumpet. The serrated leaves and trees probably reflect Near Eastern design influence, while the peonies, flowers, and foliage are inspired by Far Eastern examples.
Known Provenance
Gifted July 1959 by Mrs. (Freda) Frederic H. Douglas [Denver, CO, 1902-1979] to Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Masterpieces from the Textile Collection" (Inaugural Exhibition), November 15, 1997- April 26, 1998 (DAM)
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)