Object name


Date made

Circa 1930-1950

Place made


Floral canvaswork cushion worked by Queen Mary between approximately 1930 and 1950.

Content description

A tent stitch canvaswork cushion very likely dating to sometime between 1930 and 1950. The reverse of the cushion is made of green silk satin and there is a cord trim around the entire cushion with a triple loop detail at each corner. The embroidered design features 15 carnations in a spray formation, accompanied by green stems and brown foliage. There are four flowers in a range of pinks, three in yellows, seven in terracotta and salmon tones, and one that uses a mixture of deep russets and browns. The flowers, stems, and foliage are worked on a cream background. The entirety of the cushion top is worked in tent stitches.

This cushion was embroidered by Mary of Teck (1867-1953), Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Empress of India from 1910 to 1936 when her husband, George V, was king. She was a devoted collector of artefacts for the House of Windsor's collection and a keen domestic embroiderer. She became the patron of the Royal School of Needlework in 1911 and over the course of her more than 40 year long tenure donated a number of items to the RSN, including her own needlework and historical textiles from her collection.


width: 45cm
height: 45cm





Credit line

Gift of Her Majesty Queen Mary.

Catalogue number


Other numbers

RSN 106
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