Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Gold ring with a miniature of Charles I
A posthumous portrait of Charles I, loosely based on the central head of the King from Anthony Van Dyck’s portrait Charles I in Three Positions of 1635 (404420). Many such images in enamel, generally of poor quality, were produced for distribution to followers of the Royalist cause during the years 1649 – 60. Most were set into rings or lockets bearing the royal cipher with some sort of memorial inscription. A very similar enamel, of larger dimensions, set into a hinged enamel portrait box, is in the Royal Collection (420897).