European - Dress Fragment, 16th century

European

Dress Fragment, 16th century

Silk damask, 5.1 x 5.1 cm (2 x 2 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

T27e40

Object Case

Mary Queen Of Scots Case

Description

Floral

Provenance

Gift from the novelist, playwright, and poet Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) to Charles Holte Bracebridge Esq. (b. 1799) of Atherstone Hall, Warwickshire.
Gift from Mr. Bracebridge to Mr. Horsley.
Gift from Mr. Horsley to Alfred John Rodwaye.
Gift from Alfred John Rodwaye to Isabella Stewart Gardner on 4 Feburary 1897. (as a relic of Mary, Queen of Scots)

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston: 1935), p. 250.


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Commentary

As the Honorary Secretary for the Order of the White Rose—an Anglo-Catholic society followed by Isabella Stewart Gardner—Alfred John Rodwaye presented her with this “relic of that most unfortunate & maligned Queen, Marie Stewart,” (also known as Mary Queen of Scots). This shred of fabric held an unusual personal appeal: Gardner was fascinated by genealogy and erroneously believed herself a descendant of the royal Stuart line.