Charles I

Chalres I was born in 1600 and acceded to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1925. In 1632, Anthony van Dyck was commissioned to paint a portrait of Charles’s queen, Henrietta Maria. King Charles I was executed in 1649. As a matter of coincidence, work on building the Taj Mahal started in 1632. And (Sir) Christopher Wren was born in 1632.

During the reign of Charles I, silver design was influenced by the Puritans. Designs became plainer and more functional. During the early years of his reign, well-to-do families were asked to donate silver to fund the war effort. In 1833, four or five tons of Charles’ gold and silver was lost in the Firth of Forth when a ferry, the Blessing of Burntisland, sank. After Charles’ execution, a lot of silver was melted down.

This is a  stunning silver sweet meat dish by William Maddox, hallmaked London 1632. It is circular with two stylised shell handles, a scalloped rim and chased with scrolls and stylised flowers. The centre has a vacant shield within a circular border. It is 21cm (8¼in) wide and 120gm (4¼ oz) wifde. The hallmarks are mentioned on page 115 of Jackson’s Hallmarks (3rd edition).

Charles I silver sweetmeat dish by William Maddox. London 1632


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