Pair 19th Century King Francis 1 Queen Consort France Eleanor Plaques
Love royalty? Get your hands on these royal relics! This regal pair of plaques features 19th Century King Francis I and Queen Consort of France, Eleanor of Austria. Show off your fancy side with a dash of antique flair! (Just make sure your walls can handle it.)
- Subject Pictorial portraits of King Francis 1 & Queen Consort Of France Eleanor of Austria shown in half length side profile view in raised low relief.
- Hand made from thin sheet brass with beautiful embossed detail of acanthus leaves and winged griffins around the borders.
- A feature that stands out is the detail shown to the wings & feathers & having 3 ducal coronet crowns, 1 on each wing and the other shown on its chest.
- A fascinating feature for your home.
- A nice size being 60 cm high and 60 cm wide each.
- Circa 19th century, origin from France.
- So collectible and highly sought after.
- A beautiful present gift.
- Provenance from an antiques dealers collection.
- Francis I (French: François Ier; Middle French: Francoys; 12 September 1494 – 31 March 1547) was King of France from 1515 until his death in 1547. He was the son of Charles, Count of Angoulême, and Louise of Savoy. He succeeded his first cousin once removed and father-in-law Louis XII, who died without a son.
- A prodigious patron of the arts, he promoted the emergent French Renaissance by attracting many Italian artists to work for him, including Leonardo da Vinci, who brought the Mona Lisa with him, which Francis had acquired. Francis' reign saw important cultural changes with the growth of central power in France, the spread of humanism and Protestantism, and the beginning of French exploration of the New World. Jacques Cartier and others claimed lands in the Americas for France and paved the way for the expansion of the first French colonial empire.
- For his role in the development and promotion of the French language, he became known as le Père et Restaurateur des Lettres (the 'Father and Restorer of Letters'). He was also known as François au Grand Nez ('Francis of the Large Nose'), the Grand Colas, and the Roi-Chevalier (the 'Knight-King').
- In keeping with his predecessors, Francis continued the Italian Wars. The succession of his great rival Emperor Charles V to the Habsburg Netherlands and the throne of Spain, followed by his election as Holy Roman Emperor, led to France being geographically encircled by the Habsburg monarchy. In his struggle against Imperial hegemony, Francis sought the support of Henry VIII of England at the Field of the Cloth of Gold. When this was unsuccessful, he formed a Franco-Ottoman alliance with the Muslim sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, a controversial move for a Christian king at the time.
- Eleanor of Austria (15 November 1498 – 25 February 1558), also called Eleanor of Castile, was born an Archduchess of Austria and Infanta of Castile from the House of Habsburg, and subsequently became Queen consort of Portugal (1518–1521) and of France (1530–1547). She also held the Duchy of Touraine (1547–1558) in dower. She is called "Leonor" in Spanish and Portuguese and "Eléonore" or "Aliénor" in French.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Having various general wear, charming patina, scuffs, scratches and some brass sheet losses also cracking in places commensurate with usage & old 1 metal hanging bracket is missing from 1 of the plaques on the back, we have included string so you can still hang it on your wall.
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Dimensions in centimetres approximate
Length depth base (0.75 cm)
Width (60 cm)
Height (60 cm)