This enamelled gold mourning ring commemorates the death of Samuel Nicholets of Hertfordshire who died on 7th July 1661, as is recorded in the inscription inside the ring. The ring is hollow, and a lock of hair curls around within it, visible through the openwork of the enamelled decoration of skulls and coats of arms.

This enamelled gold mourning ring commemorates the death of Samuel Nicholets of Hertfordshire who died on 7th July 1661, as is recorded in the inscription inside the ring. The ring is hollow, and a lock of hair curls around within it, visible through the openwork of the enamelled decoration of skulls and coats of arms.

Hortense Mancini Duchess of Mazarin (1646-1699) favourite niece of Cardinal Mazarin and a mistress of Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland.

Hortense Mancini Duchess of Mazarin (1646-1699) favourite niece of Cardinal Mazarin and a mistress of Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1620 - 1640 corset & stays & stomacher. Red satin over linen twill…

1620 - 1640 corset & stays & stomacher. Red satin over linen twill…

Recently discovered portrait of Elizabeth, Princess Palatine, most gifted of the children of Frederick and Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Protestant ‘Winter King and Queen’ who suffered a series of military and political defeats in the 1620s and 30s. One of a number of portraits of the Palatine family produced by Honthorst in the early 1640s, when Queen Elizabeth and family were living in exile. Granddaughter of James I; never married; maintained devoted correspondence with Descartes until his…

Recently discovered portrait of Elizabeth, Princess Palatine, most gifted of the children of Frederick and Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Protestant ‘Winter King and Queen’ who suffered a series of military and political defeats in the 1620s and 30s. One of a number of portraits of the Palatine family produced by Honthorst in the early 1640s, when Queen Elizabeth and family were living in exile. Granddaughter of James I; never married; maintained devoted correspondence with Descartes until his…

Detail      Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window        c.1659

Detail Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window c.1659

Jacket, 1610-1615, England, linen, embroidered with coloured silk, silver and silver-gilt thread, V

The Layton Jacket (Jacket)

Jacket, 1610-1615, England, linen, embroidered with coloured silk, silver and silver-gilt thread, V

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