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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 563

    CHARLES I (1600-1649)


    Price Realised  


    CHARLES I (1600-1649)
    For Charles I of locket form enclosing a painted oval portrait depicting the head of Charles I facing to the front against a blue ground within black dot decoration, beneath faceted rock crystal, the reverse with sepia crown and cypher 'C.R.' above the date 'Jan 30 1648/9' and an image of a skull and crossed bones upon a plinth, under crystal, circa 1700, with later pendant loop
    1 in. (2.5 cm.) high

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    Christie's, South Kensington, 1 June 2006, lot 76.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts

    Post Lot Text

    King Charles I was born in Dunfirmline Palace, Scotland on 19th November 1600. The son of King James I and Anne daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark and succeeded to the throne in 1625 claiming rule by divine right. He defied parliament and after seizing five dissident MPs he triggered the English Civil War. Charles and his Royalist army was defeated at the battle of Naseby in 1645. After being convicted of treason he was sentenced to death by the Protectorate and beheaded in London. He went to his execution wearing two wool shirts as it was a bitterly cold day and according to an eyewitness account he did not want his shivering to be mistaken for fear.

    The choice of dates on the reverse may cause confusion, as historians record the execution of Charles I as taking place on January 30th 1649, however during the 17th century the new year began on the 25th March, a practice that continued in England until 1752 when the present date of 1st January was adopted. The reason for the alternate dates inscribed on the pendant may be for supporters of the Stuart cause resident in Scotland where the Gregorian calendar had already been adopted