Belgian - Lace Fragment, 16th century

Belgian

Lace Fragment, 16th century

Needle and bobbin lace, 13.3 x 10.2 cm (5 1/4 x 4 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

T27e41

Object Case

Mary Queen Of Scots Case

Description

Floral

Provenance

Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection at an unknown date.

Bibliography

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


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Commentary

This small piece of lace was probably given to Isabella Stewart Gardner by Alfred John Rodwaye, the Honorary Secretary for the Order of the White Rose. It was meant to be a “relic of the most unfortunate & maligned Queen, Marie Stewart,” (also known as Mary Queen of Scots). Gardner was fascinated by the Queen, and erroneously believed herself to be a descendant of the royal Stuart line.