Pendant Ship

ca. 1580 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 57



People
By family tradition the pendant was a present from Elizabeth I to Henry Carey, (1526-1596), 1st Baron Hunsdon, first cousin of The Queen. He was the son of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth's mother. He had a prominent career as a courtier and soldier. He played an important role in the suppression of the rebellion of the northern earls in 1570, was appointed Lord Chamberlain in 1586, and was a commissioner at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587. When the Armada threatened in 1588, he commanded Elizabeth's bodyguard at Tilbury in 1588.

Places
This is one of the four Hunsdon jewels which have long been associated with Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire and have been lent as a group to the British Galleries. One of the jewels, the Hunsdon Onyx, is mentioned specifically in the will of George Carey (1547-1603), 2nd Baron Hunsdon, dated 10 May 1599.


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Brief Description
Hunsdon jewel, Pendant in the shape of a ship; wooden hull mounted in enamelled gold, the rigging strung with pearls; Europe, about 1580
Physical Description
Pendant in the shape of a ship. Wooden hull mounted in enamelled gold, the rigging strung with pearls.
Dimensions
  • Height: 72mm
  • Width: 51mm
  • Copied from o i s april 2008 depth: 14mm
Gallery Label
Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars label text: The Hunsdon Ship Pendant About 1580 The hull of this ship bristles with cannon and a winged figure of Victory sounds a trumpet. A small boat with oars forms a pendant. Elizabeth I received a number of jewelled ships among the New Year gifts presented by courtiers. By tradition this ship was a gift from Elizabeth to her first cousin, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon. Western Europe Wood, gold, enamel, pearls, table-cut diamonds Trustees of the Berkeley Will Trust V&A Loan:Met.Anon.2:3-1998
Credit line
Lent from the collections at Berkeley Castle
Summary


People
By family tradition the pendant was a present from Elizabeth I to Henry Carey, (1526-1596), 1st Baron Hunsdon, first cousin of The Queen. He was the son of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth's mother. He had a prominent career as a courtier and soldier. He played an important role in the suppression of the rebellion of the northern earls in 1570, was appointed Lord Chamberlain in 1586, and was a commissioner at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587. When the Armada threatened in 1588, he commanded Elizabeth's bodyguard at Tilbury in 1588.

Places
This is one of the four Hunsdon jewels which have long been associated with Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire and have been lent as a group to the British Galleries. One of the jewels, the Hunsdon Onyx, is mentioned specifically in the will of George Carey (1547-1603), 2nd Baron Hunsdon, dated 10 May 1599.
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Accession Number
LOAN:MET ANON.2:3-1998

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