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Ref  HW2   Charles II

A late 17th century Royalist supporter's pendant depicting Charles II [1630 - 1685]. On his 30th birthday, May 29th 1660, King Charles II entered London in triumph. His return marked the end of the Commonwealth, a decade-long experiment with republicanism following civil war and the  execution of his father, Charles I, in 1649. The restoration of the monarchy was met with widespread popular rejoicing, but Charles II knew his place on the throne was far from secure. He was keenly aware of the need to project an image of sovereignty and re-establish the splendour of the monarchy.  One way to achieve this was through art. Charles’s appearance is instantly familiar in his many portraits and it is remarkable how precisely the paintings agree. It is a consolidated look, almost more than with any other British monarch - the long, curling wig of dark hair, the black moustache, the heavy nose and sensuously curved lips, the saturnine dark eyes. Charles observes distant scenes with consummate authority. The portrait was a powerful tool, emphasising the king's authority and the security of the monarchy.

This gold pendant contains a watercolour portrait of the monarch in long curled wig and white lace jabot. The miniature is covered by a faceted rock crystal. The pendant measures 1 and 1/4 inches by 3/4 of an inch. The portrait is well executed and the whole is immaculate.

£3500

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Charles II by John Michael Wright, circa 1660 -1665

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