London, South Kensington
29 March 2009
A LARGE CHARLES I SILVER AND GILT-METAL ROYALIST RELIQUARY PENDANT IN THE FORM OF A BOOK
UNMARKED, CIRCA 1649
The cover applied with an openwork gold "jewel" incorporating three crystals and a white enamelled crown and Royal cipher, decorated in white, red, blue and green enamel, the hinged cover opening to reveal a cut-out portrait of Charles I in profile on one side and, on the other side, a piece of blood-stained cloth, the inside of the spine set with three faceted crystals, the front and back covers each decorated on one side with two fleurs-de-lys which connected two straps (now lacking) that served to fasten the locket
2 1/8 in. (5.3 cm.) high
Major Cyril Sloane-Stanley, a descendant of Sir Hans Sloane from whom he may have inherited this piece.
Christie's London, 25 November 1975, lot 55.
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Basil S. Long, The Collector, February 1930, Vol. IX, No. 33, "Stuart Relics in the Possession of Major Cyril Sloane-Stanley", Fig. 2 and 2a.
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