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English or Netherlandish, late 17th century
PAIR OF BUSTS OF KING CHARLES I (1600-1649) AND QUEEN HENRIETTA MARIA OF ENGLAND (1609-1669)
ivory set in bronze torsi, Henrietta Maria mounted with a gold and enamelled jewel with a lock of human hair attached
King Charles I: 20.6cm., 8 1/8 in.
Queen Henrietta Maria: 19.2cm., 7½in.
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with Michael Hall, New York

相關資料

The present pair of historicising memorial busts of Charles I and Henrietta Maria are based on different pictorial sources. The queen closely resembles her depiction in the double portrait of Charles I and Henrietta Maria by Daniel Mytens, with additions by Van Dyck, in the Royal Collection (inv. no. 405789; circa 1630-32). Her costume, necklace and coiffure are faithfully replicated in three-dimensional form. The bust of Charles I is based on later imagery of the king, around the time of the Civil War, when the lace collar and elaborate court costume was replaced by an austere plain white collar and martial armour suit. It resembles Wencelaus Hollar's print of Charles I and the camps of his army in Scotland (1639), as well as enamel portraits by Jean Petitot, John Hoskins and paintings by William Dobson of the 1640's.

The busts were presumably a collaborative effort, the ivory heads being of higher relative quality than the bronze truncations. The sculptor may have been in the circle of the monogrammist G.VDR who was working in England and the Netherlands around the turn of the century.  The presence of the hair, if contemporary, suggest the busts were intended as a Stuart relic.

RELATED LITERATURE
J. Roberts, The King's head. Charles I: King and martyr, exh. cat. The Queen's Gallery, London, 1999, pp. 14, 18 and 26

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