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    Sale 7731

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    2 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 189

    TWO WILLIAM III MEMORIAL PENDANTS AND A WILLIAM III COMMEMORATIVE PENDANT

    BRITISH, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    TWO WILLIAM III MEMORIAL PENDANTS AND A WILLIAM III COMMEMORATIVE PENDANT
    BRITISH, 17TH CENTURY
    Garnet-set silver, gold and enamelled pendant mounted with a faceted rock crystal glazed miniature on vellum of King William III (1650-1702), in Garter Robes, lace cravat, wearing the Order of the Garter, chased gold bezel within silver mounted rose-cut garnet surround, the reverse enamelled with rose and black festoons on white ground; together with a gilt-metal pendant mounted with a miniature on vellum depicting King William III, in Garter Robes, lace cravat, wearing the Order of the Garter, the lower right inscribed 'ob. Mar j. 8 1701', skull and red curtain background, chased gold bezel with scalloping, the reverse of hammered gold; together with a gold pendant mounted with an enamel miniature of William III, in plate armour with gilt rivets, lace cravat, the gilt-metal reverse inscribed 'Presented by his Majesty to Colonel James Webb 1690', within 19th century mount
    oval miniatures, from 5/8 in. (16 mm.) to 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.) high (3)


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    William III died on 8 March 1702. The inscription of '1701' on the gold-mounted memorial miniature of the ruler in Garter Robes is possibly the result of confusion caused by the late 17th Century conversion from the Julian 'Old Style' Calendar to the Gregorian 'New Style' Calendar.

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    Provenance

    William III memorial pendants: Christie's, London, 14 December 1971, lot 37.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE LATE DR WILLIAM LINDSAY GORDON COLLECTION