Mary Queen of Scots. Gorgeous color that has survived all of this time. The designs are fanciful and clear, and this piece is so much fun to look at. Each little section has a plant, a bird, an animal and a fruit.
The embroidered casket dates from between 1650 to 1680. It display an immensely rich collection of colours, materials, stitches and imagery. Unfortunately we do not know the origins of this casket. The fact that it has survived is no doubt due to a high regard for the work of an ancestor.
A Stumpwork panel worked with complex stitching and expensive metal threads, depicting a lady holding a flower in a leafy bower representative of "The Sense of Smell", c.1660, £12,000+ Picture: Witney Antiques