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Posted 5 years ago

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artofmourn…
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A rare 17th century naive portrait on vellum of Charles I, the English monarch brought to trial in Westminster in 1648 and subsequently executed on January 30th, 1649.

Such portrait pieces were made for Royalist supporters to mourn the martyred monarch and to support and further the cause of his exiled son. The pendant is silver, set with a watercolour portrait of the king wearing the blue sash of the Order of the Garter.

He is depicted with an air of doom and the background is painted celestial blue. The reverse is engraved with a skull and crossbones and dated 1648 Jan 30.

Whilst history documents the monarch's execution on the day of January 30, 1649, the date 1648 on this piece is based on the Julian calendar, which was used in England until the 18th century. Using the Julian calendar, the year did not commence until March, so many contemporaneous mourning pieces record the execution as having taken place in 1648.

The pendant measures 1 and 1/4 inches in length including loop, 3/4 of an inch excluding loop and it is 2/3 of an inch wide. There is a small chip on the crystal cover and the portrait has slipped down a little inside the compartment, but I feel it's best to leave it alone. A rare and charmingly naive Royalist pendant.

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  1. potrero potrero, 4 years ago
    This is really cool! Looks like Shakespeare...
  2. Artemisia7, 4 years ago
    Excellent!!!!
  3. Drumlin, 4 years ago
    That is so flippin cool. We forget that cut-throat politics has been around a long, long time.
  4. cis2you cis2you, 4 years ago
    I sure thought it was Shakespeare too. How very interesting.
  5. dragonking, 4 years ago
    What you have there is a tribute to Vlad the Impaler. Nice example at that. If you pry it open, there should be a drop of his blood inside. Somewhat priceless. As a professional, I would suggest you pry it open to find out.
  6. BigDragonDaddy BigDragonDaddy, 3 years ago
    AWESOME!!!! LOVE IT!
  7. Budek Budek, 3 years ago
    At first glance I, too, thought it looked like Shakespeare.
    Very cool piece.
  8. Zowie Zowie, 1 year ago
    You are lucky to have such a old and wonderful piece

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