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Antique Royal Portrait, Crown Frame, Mary, Queen of Scots
We have a wonderful large size 'miniature painting' of Mary I (popularly known in the English-speaking world as Mary, Queen of Scots and, in France, as Marie Stuart) (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587). She was Queen of Scots from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567. Crowned at the age of 6 or 9 months (accounts vary), upon the death of her father, King James V, her mother assumed the regency in her behalf. Married in 1558 at age 16 to the Dauphin of France (Francis II, ) she was widowed only 2 years later. She remarried twice afterward, aech ending poorly in suspected murders (Henry Stuart, Lord Danley; and James, 4th Earl of Bothwell who was suspected of being the murderer of Henry Stuart). Following upheavals against the Royal couple, Mary was forced to abdicate her throne to her year old son, James VI, and she fled to England for safety under her father's first cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (hoping to inherit that kingdom). She was ultimately tried for treason under the rule of QEI, held in the London Dungeon, and was executed at the age of 44. Because of her connection to France, a statue of her stands today among those in the Luxembourg Gardens of Paris.
Mary, Queen of Scots. The painting is done on card or vellum, and is housed in a wonderful crown-cartouche ebonized frame. It has surely been done as part of a museum or important collection of Royals and is not your standard fare miniature painting. Large by those standards, as well, it is a superb collector's piece!
Very good to excellent condition, well framed under glass and in a most spectacular frame, as well. Note the size. A real beauty and an historical figure every collector MUST include. My best educated guestimate is that it is Georgian to early Victorian in age, and certainly not later than 1850.
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