Henry Pierce Bone (British, 1779-1855), after Hans Holbein the Younger (German, c.1497-1543) Henry VIII (1491-1547), King of England (1509-1547), wearing buff doublet slashed to reveal white, embroidered with gold and bearing gold and ruby buttons, small white collar, red cloak embroidered with gold at the sleeves and trimmed with fur, jeweled collar, gold pendant chain, black hat studded with pearls and matching jewels and carrying a large white plume
Lot 2
Henry Pierce Bone
(British, 1779-1855)
after Hans Holbein the Younger (German, c.1497-1543)
Henry VIII (1491-1547), King of England (1509-1547), wearing buff doublet slashed to reveal white, embroidered with gold and bearing gold and ruby buttons, small white collar, red cloak embroidered with gold at the sleeves and trimmed with fur, jeweled collar, gold pendant chain, black hat studded with pearls and matching jewels and carrying a large white plume
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,303) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Henry Pierce Bone (British, 1779-1855), after Hans Holbein the Younger (German, c.1497-1543)
Henry VIII (1491-1547), King of England (1509-1547), wearing buff doublet slashed to reveal white, embroidered with gold and bearing gold and ruby buttons, small white collar, red cloak embroidered with gold at the sleeves and trimmed with fur, jeweled collar, gold pendant chain, black hat studded with pearls and matching jewels and carrying a large white plume.
Enamel, inscribed on the counter-enamel Henry 8./ original by Holbein, coln of Visc.t/ Dillon Ditchley, Oxon. Painted/ by Henry Pierce Bone, Enamel/ Painter to Her Majesty, HRH/ Prince Albert. &c &c./ July 1850., gilt-metal mount.
Octagonal, 91mm (3 9/16in) high

Footnotes

  • According to the artist's inscription on the counter-enamel, the present lot derives from the Ditchley portrait of Henry VIII, commissioned by Sir Henry Lee, KG (1533-1611) to decorate his newly built long gallery at Ditchley, his residence in Oxfordshire. Sir Henry Lee began working at the court of Henry VIII when he was just fourteen years of age. His career at court was long and prosperous, serving 'five succeeding princes' including Elizabeth I, to whom he became Queen's Champion, Master of the Armoury and Master of the Leash. When the present lot was conceived by Pierce Bone in 1850, the full-scale portrait remained at Ditchley in the collection of Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon CH FBA (1844–1932). It was later sold at Sotheby's, London on 24 May 1933 (lot 53) and at Sotheby's, London again on 16 July 1952 (lot 45). The Ditchley portrait is one of only seven extant full-length portraits of the king, painted after Holbein's celebrated mural at Whitehall Palace, which was completed in 1537 and destroyed by fire in 1698. All other versions after Holbein convey three-quarter, half- or bust-length images of the king.
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