James I (1566-1625), King of Scotland as James VI 1567-1625, and King of England 1603-1625, in gold-embroidered doublet with ermine sleeves, high lace ruff, wearing the Collar of the Order of the Garter and a Great George, black hat with jewelled hat badge
on card
oval, 2.3/8 in. (59 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame, the enamelled reverse engraved with the Royal coat-of-arms and initials 'I R'
inscribed in ink on the backing card 'Jacobus / DEI GRATIA / F.R. ET HIB / REX'
Alfred Charles de Rothschild (1842-1918) Collection.
By descent to Almina, Countess of Carnarvon (c. 1877-1969); Christie's, London, 19 May 1925, lot 58 (part lot, together with a portrait of Anne of Denmark in similar frame, sold to Sabin).
Christie's, London, 9 November 1994, lot 13.

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Lot Essay

James VI and I (1566-1625) was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), and her second husband, Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley (1545/1546-1567). After the abdication of his mother on 24 July 1567, James became King of Scotland at the age of thirteen months. He married Anne of Denmark (see previous lot) in 1589, and had seven children with her, three of whom survived into adulthood, including the future King, Charles I. On the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, the English and Scottish crowns were united and James was created James I of England, Scotland and Wales. He survived the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and commissioned a new English bible. Completed in 1611 and known as 'The Authorised King James Version', it is still in widespread use today.

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