A Royal Charles II Antique Porringer & Stand

Isaac Dighton

Silver-Gilt Diameter 28.9 cm (11.4 in.) Hallmarked London - 1679

James Scott was the eldest and favored son of King Charles II. In 1662 he married the Countess of Buccleuch, was created 1st Duke of Monmouth, and was nominated a knight of the Garter. The marriage, which took place on 20 April 1663, was the event of the season, taking place in the King’s Chamber at Whitehall; that same day James was created Duke of Buccleuch, Earl of Dalkeith and Lord Scott of Whitchester and Eskdale. Monmouth served in the Second Anglo-Dutch War and commanded troops in both the Third Anglo-Dutch War and the Franco-Dutch War.

When Charles II died in 1685 he was followed not by his son Monmouth, who was illegitimate, but by his brother James II. James was a Catholic and extremely unpopular, so Monmouth, a flamboyant favorite, the dead King's eldest son, and a good Protestant, led the unsuccessful Monmouth Rebellion in an effort to depose him. Monmouth gained support in the West Country but was defeated at the Battle of Sedgemoor and beheaded.

Provenance
James Scott, Duke of Monmouth (1649-1685); General John Ramsay (1768-1845), sold at Christie & Manson, London, 19 June 1855; purchased by Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Baronet of Keir (1818-1878); Brigadier General Archibald Stirling, of Kier (1867-1931); William Joseph Stirling (1911-1983); Archibald Hugh Sterling, of Keir (b. 1941)
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 'Exhibition of British Art', January 1934, no. 1375, p. 457, lent by Mr William Joseph Stirling

EXHIBITOR

S. J. Shrubsole, Corp.

"Silver, Jewelry and Works of Art"

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