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in silver coloured mount within the original rock crystal glass, a further playing card on the reverse (showing the body of a knave) is inscribed in contemporary hand Gaston /d'Orleans/ frere du Louis and the number 780 in ink.
Gaston was the third son of King Henry IV of France and his wife Marie de Medici and brother of Louis XIII. He was the heir presumptive to the throne of France from the death of his brother Nicolas Henri in 1611 until the birth of his elder brother's first son in 1638. On two occasions, he had to leave France for conspiring against the government of his mother and her Prime Minister Cardinal Richelieu. He married firstly Marie de Bourbon, Duchess of Montpensier, in 1626 and then in secret Marguerite of Lorraine.
Du Guernier a miniaturist of great talent was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy of Painting in France. Most of his miniatures were painted on parchment, later he became a miniaturist on enamel. He has been considered to be one of the best French miniaturists of his period.
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