phania_phenix (phania_phenix) wrote,


English School, circa 1595-1605
Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as Queen Elizabeth I,
but more probably Catherine Carey, Countess of Nottingham,
full-length, in a white silk farthingale petticoat
and bodice embroidered with floral and pyramidal motifs,
and wearing, among other pieces of jewellery,
a jewelled crossbow set with diamonds and rubies,
a pomander chain with agate 'eggs' capped in gold,
a flight of jewelled arrows or darts on her ruff,
a ruby and diamond anchor in her hair,
and a seven pronged ruby an diamond headdress surmounted by pearls

oil on canvas; 78 x 54 in. (198.1 x 137.2 cm.)
© Christie's
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