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James I (and Charles, Prince of Wales), engraved silver counter, workshops of Simon or Willem de Passe, c.1616, bust of James three-quarters right, wearing broad-brimmed hat with jewel, lace ruff, ermine robes and Collar of the Garter, GIVE THY IUDGEMENTS O GOD UNTO THE KING, set in a wide border, engraved in matching lettering with the legend found on the counter’s reverse, AND THY RIGHTEOVSNESS UNTO THE KINGS SONN, 36mm., (MI 376/272, for counter). Obverse extremely fine and the only example known to the cataloguers with this added border.
The reverse, with the portrait of Charles I, has been sacrificed to make something special of the image James and is damaged where fixed to the border. Many markers or counters ‘for reckoning and for play’ were stamped in imitation of engraving. In 1617 Nicholas Hilliard was granted a monopoly for 12 years of all engraved portraits of the King and the Royal Family. During this period he sold licences to other artists, including Simon Van de Passe and his brother. The British Museum catalogue records a unique engraved piece in the Cochran-Patrick collection similar to this but without the added border.
Provenance: Spink Auction, 26 March, 2008 (lot 8); Glendining’s, 18 March, 1989
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