Scottish - Two Tassels, about 1561-1568

Scottish

Two Tassels, about 1561-1568

Silk, velvet, 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

T27e822.1-2

Object Case

Mary Queen Of Scots Case

Provenance

Possibly from the bed of Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587), Holyrood Castle, Scotland.
Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection at an unknown date.

Marks

Inscribed in Isabella Stewart Gardner's hand (on a note accompanying the tassels): From the bed of Mary Queen of Scots, Holyrood Castle.


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Commentary

These small tassels were purportedly snipped from the Holyrood Castle bed of Mary Queen of Scots. Mary Stuart held a special fascination for Isabella Stewart Gardner, who felt a kinship to the persecuted queen for their shared surname. In tribute to her imagined ancestor, Gardner placed these intimate relics on display in the museum’s Long Gallery.