Lot 1404
  • 1404

CHARLES II BEADWORK BASKET, DATED 1662 |

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 7 in. by Length 18 1/2 in. by Depth 13 1/2 in.
initialed MB and dated 1662 on a white beaded ground, the base depicting a man and woman flanking the Royal Oak with the face of Charles II surrounded by deer, a leopard, dogs and a fox; the openwork sides and handles worked in multicolor stripes; some losses

Provenance

Alistair Sampson Antiques, Ltd., London

Exhibited

Milwaukee Art Museum, Strung, Woven, Knitted and Sewn: Beadwork from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, November 21, 1997- January 18, 1998

Catalogue Note

The couple flanking the Royal Oak could theoretically represent King Charles II and Queen Catherine of Braganza, as 1662 was the year of their marriage.  The Royal Oak refers to the oak tree on the Boscobel Estate where Charles hid from Cromwell's troops following his defeat in 1651 in the Battle of Worcester during the English Civil War.  From there he was able to escape to France and remained in exile until the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660. It is likely this basket was originally in the possession of a Royalist family.
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