ENGLISH, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
Pendant with a Portrait of Charles I
with the Royal cipher for Charles I to the reverse within a wreath of diamond chips
rock crystal, with a gilt copper relief, gold filigree, and diamonds, with pearl pendant, on a partially enamelled gold chain
pendant: 7.5cm., 3in.
55cm., 21⅝in. overall, suspended
Overall the condition of the pendant is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor oxidisation to the silver gilt filigree, consistent with the material. The pearl appears to be original but it cannot be discounted that it could be a replacement. There are no conspicuous losses to the filigree. There are some minor losses and chips to the enamelling on the beads. The portrait relief to the interior is probably gilt bronze or gilt copper repoussé. There is verdigris to the metal consistent with the material. There are standard surface abrasions and minor scratches to the rock crystal. An intriguing object.
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Inventory, 1949 'RELIQUARY, oval rock crystal with silver gilt figure of Charles 1st, in pendant with blister pearl, gold and enamel bead chain' in the Strong Room
From the time of the king's execution in 1649 relics were secretly commissioned for his devoted followers. Memorial portraits of the Martyred king were inspired by the portraits of Charles I after John Roettiers (1631-1703) and Thomas Rawlins and of course the triple portrait by Van Dyck. Various exhibitions including such relics were curated in the late 19th and into the 20th century including that at the Memorial Hall, Manchester in 1883, Huddersfield in 1883, Cambridge in 1911, at Lansdowne House, London in 1930, and most recently the Royal Academy in 2018.