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Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
Norfolk
NR22 6BN
England

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04/09/20 - An Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) 4th September 2020

Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dear Customers...

As you are probably aware, the Coronavirus outbreak has caused unprecedented turmoil to the retail shop / High Street sector since 23rd March 2020 with all non-essential shops being forced to close. The UK Government took the decision to allow this sector which, includes Antiques Stores, to re-open from 15th June 2020, but only if we are able to meet specified criteria set out in the "COVID 19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES". 
 
We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

With the above in mind, we have had to make the difficult decision to keep our store at Walsingham closed for the time being to the general public. This situation will again be reviewed at the end of September 2020.

MUCH OF OUR STOCK IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE VIA OUR WEBSITE (WITH NEW STOCK ADDED WEEKLY) where we are committed to maintaining our outstanding level of service. Please see:

www.holtantiquefurniture.com

The Management Team at Holt Antiques would like to thank every one of you for your continued support during this time.

Robin Dunkley

Managing Director, Holt Antique Furniture Ltd

Rare! By the Hand of Mary Queen Of Scots (B1542 - D/Beheaded 1587) - A Mid 16th Century Scottish Antique Embroidery Fragment Originating From The Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh, Together with a Wax Portrait of Mary Believed to Date to the 16thC

  • Reference : 5310/5311
  • Availability : Sold
  • Dimensions : Embroidery 17" x 7" / Portrait Frame 4" high
  • Price : ¬£Sold

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Now these should be in a museum!

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of embroidery made by a former Scottish Monarch and an associated wax portrait of the same individual.

About the embroidery:

The embroidery, last seen on the market when offered for sale by Bonhams in 2008 and in a private collection since, handmade in red velvet and silver thread, was made by the hand of Mary Queen of Scotts. An old handwritten label verso also confirms provenance to Holyrood House, Edinburgh, which remains the The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. 

The embroidery comes with an old glass frame albeit it is no longer fitted within.

Mary, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587), also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, reigned over Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567.

Mary, the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland, was six days old when her father died and she acceded to the throne. She spent most of her childhood in France while Scotland was ruled by regents, and in 1558, she married the Dauphin of FranceFrancis. Mary was queen consort of France from his accession in 1559 until his death in December 1560. Widowed, Mary returned to Scotland, arriving in Leith on 19 August 1561. Four years later, she married her half-cousinHenry Stuart, Lord Darnley, and in June 1566 they had a son, James.

In February 1567, Darnley's residence was destroyed by an explosion, and he was found murdered in the garden. James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, was generally believed to have orchestrated Darnley's death, but he was acquitted of the charge in April 1567, and the following month he married Mary. Following an uprising against the couple, Mary was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle. On 24 July 1567, she was forced to abdicate in favour of her one-year-old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain the throne, she fled southward seeking the protection of her first cousin once removed, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Mary had once claimed Elizabeth's throne as her own and was considered the legitimate sovereign of England by many English Catholics, including participants in a rebellion known as the Rising of the North. Perceiving Mary as a threat, Elizabeth had her confined in various castles and manor houses in the interior of England. After eighteen and a half years in custody, Mary was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth in 1586, and was beheaded the following year at Fotheringhay Castle.

About the wax portrait:

The sitter attributed as Mary Queen of Scots, the profile bust in varied coloured wax with deep relief. Presented in an oval brass mount and turned ebony frame together with a manuscript label which is loose.
Note: The 19th century manuscript label reads ‘Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, believed to be contemporary. Brought from Spain by the late John Philip R.S. and purchased at his sale Christies; Lot no. 462: May 31/67. The material used is wax’.

Condition of both items - as per images.

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