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Anne of Denmark (1574-1619)

Dated 1614

RCIN 404437

Anne of Denmark adored jewellery and used emblematic accessories to emphasise her own dynastic importance, separate to that of consort to the English king, James I. The monogrammed C4 jewel seen here in her hair was a gift from her brother Christian IV of Denmark, and the diamond-studded S on her collar a reference to her mother Sophia. Her silk skirt is worn over a drum-shaped farthingale, a formal style she particularly admired and insisted on at court for several years after it had passed out of the fashionable wardrobe.

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