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Fragment of Needle-worked Bed Hanging

(England c. 1600)



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External Dimensions
Width 49.00inch framed width 124.46 cm
Height 49.00inch 124.46 cm
Other Details
Status Sold
Description / Expertise

Superbly worked embroidery patterned fragment of a bed hanging, circa 1600. It is profusely decorated with foliate designs incorporating a wide range of flowers. These flowers include Thistles, Irises, Fox gloves, Aquilegia, and possibly Cobbae Scandens. There was an old inscribed label stuck to the back which reads as follows: “From Holyrood Palace. A portion of the bed hangings worked for Mary Queen of Scots on the occasion of her marriage with Francis of France embroidered with national emblems of both countries (the) fleur-de-lys, thistles, etc.” This label was removed during conservation work on the piece but is available.