PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION FORMERLY ON LOAN TO THE IVORY MUSEUM IN ERBACH
the front elaborately pen-engraved ivory inlaid with a crowned double monogram and the coat-of-arms of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and his Queen Isabella I of Castile and various scenes and a text plaque relating to the siege and the 'Guerra de Granada' where the Queen was protected from the Moors by interference of the Virgin and St. Louis of France and as gratitude founded the monastery San Luis Real de la Zubia in 1543
Christie's London, 19th Century Furniture and Sculpture, 21 March 2002, lot 297
A. Cottino, Mobiliário do século XVII, Lisbon, 1989, pp. 58-61.
The present example belongs to a group ascribable to a same, albeit unknown workshop, whose production included pairs in première and contre-partie, including one sold Art, Genoa, 4 December 2007, lot 539.
Such pieces are strictly related to 17th century ones such as a table cabinet in the Museo de Artes Decorativas, Madrid, and one in the Musée de la Renaissance, Écouen (cf. Cottino, op. cit., pp. 58 and 61).
Deene Park, in the possession of the Brudenells since 1514, was the main seat of James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan (1797-1868), who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava, during the Crimean War.
The plaque stating: 'During the Siege of Granada and having their seat in Santa Fe the Catholic Kings, Don Fernando and Donna Ysabel, around the year 1491, the brave Queen with her guards and some soldiers, left to inspect the buildings of the city of Zubia. The moors, having heard of this, sieged the Christians. The devout Queen hid behind a laurel and, in prayer, commended herself to St. Louis King of France whose day it was, and promised to found a convent to St. Francis in that place if they left unscathed. The King spoke to her and promised that they would escape and ordered her to keep her promise to found the convent after the conquest of Granada. This convent still exists under the name of St. Luis el Real de Zubia.'
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