Charles II: Art And Power


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Post Medieval gold fleur-de-lis signet ring, circa 17th century AD.
Ref: 23385

Thursday 18th January 2018

The current exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, “Charles II: Art And Power”, explores the life, glamour and splendour of the returning king. It shows off the glorifying works of art, decorative furniture and other collections that show the lifestyle of the rightful king during the Stuart period (1603 to 1714).

 

After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Charles II wanted to restore royal power. He understood that his appearance was the first priority to impress the public, so he became one of the most influential men’s fashion icons in UK history.

 

The king sensed that French fashion which he previously enjoyed when he lived with Louis XIV in France, was not popular in Britain. The king soon banned ‘French fashion’ in his court in 1666. Instead, Charles II adopted ‘the Parisian vest’ with a suit jacket over the top. The world famous English three-piece suit style was invented! Charles insisted that all the fabric and other material that made up his clothes must be English. Indeed, he was probably the first person to start a fashion revolution in British history.

 

The display of old master paintings at the exhibition also give the audience an inside view of the life in the Stuart court, with many paintings depicting the king’s fashion style on different occasions. The young king also had excellent taste in jewellery, he would wear different jewellery to suit the different events he attended. Many of the paintings from the Royal Collection Trust depicted how Charles could dress like an ordinary man with simple clothes but still dazzle the audience with carefully matched jewels in details such as rings, brooches, necklaces, buttons and headpieces.

 

Charles II was for certainly a man who looked after himself carefully, who used his influence in fashion to re-established and strengthen the monarchy in the Stuart time. If you are looking for that special gift for a well-presented English Gentleman, Berganza’s intensive collection of men’s jewellery from Ancient Roman to the Stuart period will certainly provide your Valentine a unique present.

 

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Post Medieval sapphire ring, circa 17th century AD.
Ref: 22906
front view Gentleman's rock crystal and diamond dress set, French, circa 1910.
Gentleman's rock crystal and diamond dress set, French, circa 1910.
Ref: 15082
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Rose cut diamond cluster ring, circa 17th century.
Ref: 23312
front view LaCloche Frères rock crystal and diamond dress set, French, circa 1920.
LaCloche Frères rock crystal and diamond dress set, French, circa 1920.
Ref: 17063
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Post Medieval silver 'I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD' ring with eagle, circa 17th century.
Ref: 21461
front view Stuart rock crystal love knot ring, circa 17th century.
Stuart rock crystal love knot ring, circa 17th century.
Ref: 20204
front view Diamond set cufflinks in platinum and gold, circa 1920.
Diamond set cufflinks in platinum and gold, circa 1920.
Ref: 11601
front view Antique pink topaz and rose diamond brooch
Antique pink topaz and rose diamond brooch, circa 1700.
Ref: 15745
Art Nouveau button set by Louis Rault berganza hatton garden
Art Nouveau button set by Louis Rault, English, circa 1901.
Ref: 23892
Ruby and diamond set fob watch by Mellerio, circa 1900. berganza hatton garden
Ruby and diamond set fob watch by Mellerio, circa 1900.
Ref: 22059
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