A parcel-gilt figure of a King wearing armour, possibly German, second half of the 17th Century.

Decorated with applied gilt scrollwork, set with small brilliants and with a brilliant-set crown, the flowing cloak decorated with applied gilt scrolls and flowers, the figure’s right foot rests on a globe, with a lion and military trophies to the other side, height 28.6cm, diameter 16.5cm.

In all probability, this is a figure of King Charles II of Spain, who, being childless, is most remarkable for having left the Kingdom to Philip, Duc d’Anjou, a grandson of Louis XIV of France, thus initiating the War of the Spanish Succession.  In the 1854 Inventory it was in the Blue Drawing Room and was referred to as ‘A figure of Charles V of embossed silver, under a glass shade, two pieces broken off the crown’. Today, the crown shows signs of repair.


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