The “Cietie of Dammys” in Scotland

Susan Groag Bell

in The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520234109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928787 | DOI:
The “Cietie of Dammys” in Scotland

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An inventory made in 1539 of the possessions of James V of Scotland mentions only six sets of tapestries, but among them this article discusses the discovery of “vi pece of the cietie of Dammys, garnest with canves.” The tapestries are catalogued in the “Inventure of the Clothing, Abilyamentis and Uthir Graith of the Right Excellent and Mychti Prince King James the Fyfth King of Scotland being in his Hienes Wardrobis. M. D. XXXIX.” Another six-panel set, this one lined with canvas, found in a “wardrobis!” However, the fact that part of the set is still on view in London's Victoria and Albert Museum makes it seem doubtful that Henry's tapestries traveled with his daughter to Scotland at the start of the sixteenth century. Apparently, then, the “cietie of Dammys” tapestries had not belonged to James IV's wife, Margaret Tudor.

Keywords: James V; Scotland; tapestries; wardrobis; cietie of Dammys; Margaret Tudor

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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