Mary, Queen of Scots’ 16th century hand-painted prayer book, adorned with gold leaf and signed by the monarch, is tipped to raise £ 350,000 at auction
- Rare graceful prayer book of Mary, Queen of Scots, is being auctioned
- Consists of 40 paintings decorated with fine gold leaf and expensive pigment
- Mary, Queen of Scots, was found guilty of treason and beheaded in 1587
Mary, Queen of Scots’ gold leaf prayer book is expected to raise to £ 350,000 next month.
The hand-painted book dates from the 16th century and is said to have been kept close to the devout Catholic Queen, who ruled Scotland from 1542 to 1567.
It was donated to her by her great-aunt Louise de Bourbon-Vendôme around the time of the brief reign of her first husband, King Francis II of France, who reigned from 1559 until his death in 1560.
The manuscript contains 40 beautiful paintings of a miniaturist called the master of François de Rohan, one of the most sought after artists of the court of King Francis I.
The depicted hand-painted book dates from the 16th century and is said to have been kept near the devout Catholic Queen, who ruled Scotland from 1542 to 1567. It is expected to make between £ 250,000 and £ 350,000 when auctioned next month
In particular, it also contains a short verse written by Mary in French to her great-aunt, which translates as: ‘Since I want them to complain in your prayers and pious prayers, I first ask you to know what you share in my affection ‘. It also includes her monogram and motto
In particular, it also contains a short verse written by Mary in French to her great-aunt translated as: “Since I want them to complain in your prayers and pious prayers, I first ask you to know what you share in my affection.”
She signed it alongside her anagrammatic motto ‘Va Tu Meriteras’ and her monogram’ Mogram ‘, a variation based on Mary’s initial M and Francis’ phonetic initial, whom she married in 1558.
On Francis II’s death in 1560, Mary left France, where she had spent much of her life until then, and returned to Scotland.
Mary, Queen of Scots (pictured) received the book around the time of her marriage to King Francis II of France in 1558
In 1565, she married her half-cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, and in June 1566 they had a son, James.
She eventually fled to England in 1568, where she became a political pawn in the hands of Queen Elizabeth I and was imprisoned in various castles in England for 19 years.
Mary turned out to be working together against Elizabeth; Letters of code from her to others were found and she was found guilty of treason. She was taken to Fotheringhay Castle and executed in 1587.
While it is not known to whom the prayer book was presented immediately after Mary’s death, it was held in England in the late 18th or early 19th century, where it was restored by the Edwards family of Halifax, Yorkshire.
Christie refused to identify the seller, a European collector, according to the Financial times.
Eugenio Donadoni, Christie’s specialist in medieval and renaissance manuscripts, said: “This is a fleetingly rare opportunity to acquire a richly illustrated royal prayer book owned and lovingly written by one of the most intriguing figures in Scottish and European history. : Mary Stuart, at a time when the Queen of Scotland had already become Queen of France and would soon suffer her tragic fate. ‘
It is the first time that an item from Mary, Queen of Scots has been auctioned in half a century.
The prayer book will be part of a collection of items auctioned by Christie’s on their Old Week Group Old Sale Group night on July 29.
The manuscript contains 40 beautiful paintings of a miniaturist, the master of François de Rohan, one of the most sought after artists of the court of King Francis I