Recently reading an account of decorative leatherwork in the late
medieval/Tudor period. The author, who was writing some decades ago, states
that the English work of the period was not of the same standard as that
produced on the continent. Several questions struck me.
1. Is this still perceived as being the case?
2. Are there any obvious reasons for this (such as quantity of material
excavated, context of excavated leatherwork)?
A second question to tax the brains of the list members. J.W. Waterer
illustrated a leather costrel in his contribution on leatherwork to the
'Connoisseur Period Guide' entitled The Tudor Period. The costrel was
decorated with a Tudor Rose and a Pomegranate and therefore generally
assumed to be associated with Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon (or
possibly Prince Arthur and Catherine). Waterer does not reference the piece.
Does anyone have any idea where this artefact is now?
Matthew J. Champion