Lot 245: Queen consort of France (1573–1642) as the second wife of King Henry IV of France. She herself was a member of the wealthy and powerful House of Medici. Manuscript DS in French, signed "Marie," three pages both sides, 9 x 14.25, 1607. Untranslated legal document signed at the conclusion by Marie de Medici and countersigned by two public royal notaries. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, a band of toning to the upper portion, and mild foxing. In 1607, Marie gave birth to Nicholas Henri, Duke of Orleans, who was her second son with Henry IV and heir presumptive to the throne; sadly, he would pass away just four years later as a result of an epileptic attack. A scarce and highly desirable document signed by one of the most powerful women of the era.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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