Standing cup of agate, mounted in gold enamel with rubies and a diamond. The lid has carvings of the coat of arms of Würtemburg, and shows a warrior along with personal seal of duke Johann Friedrich. The cup was probably a present from Duke Johann Friedrich of Württemberg, Christian IV’s brother-in-law. Latwer it was put up as a price in one of the famous carrousel’s, the renaissance equivalent of medieval jousting tournaments, in 1680 by queen Sophie Amalaie and was won by her son Christian V.
Christian V with His Half-Brother, c. 1671
Christian V in conversation with his elder half-brother Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, and with Count Anthon Aldenburg (1633-1680). Grisaille by Anton Steenwinkel. The Gyldenløve family, the king’s ‘natural’, which is to say illegitimate children, played an important role in the political machinations of 17th century Denmark. As children of the king, they had high status in the class-divided society. At the same time, however, they were excluded from line of succession, and thus had no dynastic ambitions, making them extremely loyal to the reigning king. Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve was the issue of a relationship Frederik (III) had with Margrethe Pape, before he married Sophie Amalie in 1643.