The 'everyday dress' is of a wool/linen weave in a white and green diamond pattern, probably from around 1550.

The 'everyday dress' is of a wool/linen weave in a white and green diamond pattern, probably from around 1550.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 1156B, detail of f. 135r (man and woman gathering letters of the alphabet). Book of Hours, use of Rome (15th century)

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 1156B, detail of f. 135r (man and woman gathering letters of the alphabet). Book of Hours, use of Rome (15th century)

A fine and rare metallic thread and jeweled hood  Iberian or Austrian  late 16th century  Applied with scrolling flowering plants springing from a late Renaissance urn in metallic thread and enriched with seed pearls, the flower heads centering Renaissance gold and enameled jewels set with precious stones including rubies and emeralds, the initials for the Virgin Mary beneath the crown on the back of the head above the urn.  height 12 1/2in (31.5cm)

A fine and rare metallic thread and jeweled hood Iberian or Austrian late 16th century Applied with scrolling flowering plants springing from a late Renaissance urn in metallic thread and enriched with seed pearls, the flower heads centering Renaissance gold and enameled jewels set with precious stones including rubies and emeralds, the initials for the Virgin Mary beneath the crown on the back of the head above the urn. height 12 1/2in (31.5cm)

Diana and Actaeon, thought to be the work of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) 16th century (embroidery) English School, (16th century)

Diana and Actaeon, thought to be the work of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) 16th century (embroidery) English School, (16th century)

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