Monday, July 5, 2021

Queen Elizabeth I Burse

 One of the first Chancelor's embroidered burses is going on display at the Victoria and Albert museum for their new exhibit on purses and bags.  The piece has some amazing close up photos on a special article about it on their website as part of the exhibition.

The article mentions how the bags that held the seal were using leather or no adornment previous to Elizabeth, but after her accession, they became these heavily embroidered pieces.  This is very interesting as it matches an overall increase in the use of embroidery across society and one wonders if Elizabeth's own interest in embroidery influenced the zeal for it for a century.  

Drawstring deep red velvet bag richly embroidered in gold and featuring a lion, dragon and the initials E.R.

Burse, 1558 – 1603, England. Museum no. T.40-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting idea that someone as influential as Elizabeth could have had such an impact on the popularity of embroidery. It makes one wonder if there is anyone today who could generate such interest.