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Tapestry with Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham

Date:
ca. 1488–1501
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Wool warp; wool wefts with a few silk wefts
Dimensions:
152 x 145 in. (386.1 x 368.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1960
Accession Number:
60.127.1
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16
John, Lord Dynham was a naval commander under five kings and treasurer of England from 1486 to 1501. The inscription around the garter is the motto of the Order of the Garter, to which Lord Dynham was appointed in 1487. The tapestry was probably woven to commemorate this event. The supporters in the form of stags -- or harts -- refer to Lord Dynham's family seat, Hartland. The repeated device of the topcastle of a warship with javelins leaning against the railing and swallow-tailed pennants flying above refers to Lord Dynham's distinguished naval career.
#72. Armorial Bearings and Badges of John, Lord Dynham
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Inscription: (on bucklers around coats of arms): HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

Marking: Arms of Lord Dynham
Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland (in 1876- at least 1914 ; [ Spanish Art Gallery Ltd., London (before 1929)] ; Mr. and Mrs. Myron C. Taylor, New York (by 1929–sold 1960) ; [their sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (November 11-12, 1960, no. 1019) ]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Tapestry from the 14th to the 16th century," February 7, 1974–April 19, 1974.

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