Renaissance velvet wall hanging
circa 1570 - 1600
Possibly Scotland (Flanders made)
W 66" × H 89 1/2"
Stock # Marh2349
Renaissance velvet wall or bed hanging. Depicting the pelican in piety woven in silver thread on a light blue velvet background set within a floral silk roundel with winged cherubs flanking, above the roundel being held up by winged angel set on a dark blue velvet with silver thread scrolled decoration throughout.
Mary Queen of Scots inventory mentions many velvet hangings of this type, she also owned more that 90 beds mostly with velvet hangings such as this piece.