LONDON dealers Wartski are holding a loan exhibition at their Grafton Street Gallery from May 11-21 titled The King's Blood: Relics of King Charles I.
Drawing on public and private collections, it will showcase a
small group of pieces associated with Charles I, whose death over
350 years ago still polarises opinion.
Venerated as a martyr by some, his relics took on a huge
significance for Royalists. Exhibits include the chalice from which
he took his last communion, shown here, his pearl earring, and a
fascinating gem-set reliquary recently sold at Christie's South
The silver chalice, hallmarked for London, 1629, is engraved on
the base: "King Charles the First: Received the Communion in this
Boule: on Tuesday the 30th January 1648 being the day in which he
It is also engraved with the arms of Sir Henry Hene (or Henn),
1st Baronet, of Winkfield, Berkshire (d.1668), it is on loan from a
private collection to the exhibition. Although today we consider
the king to have been executed in 1649, the inscription relates to
the Julian calendar which was then in force, at which time the year
started in March.
Admission is free, but catalogues will be sold in aid of The
Down's Syndrome Association. For further information visit www.wartski.com