ELIZABETH I
Lot 140
ELIZABETH I
Sold for £16,800 (US$ 27,876) inc. premium
Lot Details
ELIZABETH I
Warrant signed ("Elizabeth R" at head), directed to John Fortescue, keeper of the Great Wardrobe, ordering to be delivered to each of "our eight ordinary footemen" two and a half yards "of Crymson Velvett for there ordenary runnying coattes, and also to paie for lynynge makinge and emborderinge of the said Coates"; the eight footmen named as Richard Clarke, James Russell, John Reade, Thomas Harvye, Francis Broughton, Edmond Ducke, John Jurdan and Brian Howsson; counter-signed by Edmond Standen; with papered signet seal, on one skin of vellum, very light dust-staining but overall in unusually fine fresh and attractive condition, 155 x 320 mm., "Under our Signet at our Mannor of Eastgrenewiche" (Greenwich Palace), 17 July 1564

Footnotes

  • VELVET TO MAKE RUNNING COATS FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH'S FOOTMEN: a particularly attractive document bearing a fine example of the Queen's celebrated flourished signature from early in her reign. John Fortescue, to whom the document is addressed, had served Elizabeth since she was a princess and was remain Keeper of the Great Wardrobe until her death, and as such was responsible for the care of royal attire, 'cloths and stuff', armour, state documents, and the occasional detention and interrogation of prisoners (ODNB). Edmond Standen, the counter-signatory, was Clerk of the Petty Bag in the Court of Chancery. For a discussion of the crimson running coats worn by the Queen's eight ordinary footmen, see Roy Strong, The Cult of Elizabeth, Pimlico edition 1999, p.36.
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Similar items
Harry Stratford Caldecott (South African, 1886-1929) 'Visit of the Prince of Wales, Adderley Street, Cape Town' A rare and exceptional Kämmer & Reinhardt 105 bisque head character doll An extremely rare Kämmer & Reinhardt 106 'Heinz' bisque head character doll An extremely rare Kämmer & Reinhardt 103 bisque head character doll A Simon & Halbig 152 bisque head lady doll, unmarked Circle of Marcantonio Bassetti (Verona 1586-1630) The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist