Stuart (1542-1587) facing in profile towards the right. The frame is red with white details, and the back which is covered with a diaper pattern of red and green stylised floral motifs and white quatrefoils is dated 1566, suspension loop, and formerly hung with pearl drop below. French, 1566.
The oval gold locket enameled with black and white pea-pod ornament at the sides is mounted on the lid with a sapphire cameo portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and with an onyx cameo bust of Cleopatra with the asp on the back. Inside there is an enameled miniature of Charles I (1600-1648) facing front with a melancholy expression, wearing sash of the Order head standing out against a celestial blue ground. Locket: early 17th century, Cameo: second half of the 16th century.