Not long ago, I posted photos of the paternoster I created for my friend Andreas, which had many people commissioning paternosters from me, including a Coronation paternoster for (now) Queen Elena of Calontir.
Nothing is more exciting than creating a piece of art for someone – but then hearing that it will be a big part of their day? That makes my day.
Queen Elena’s paternoster, while not based on a particular piece in history, does clue into a piece from a manuscript: the Hours of Mary of Burgundy. Looking at the paternoster here, we see what looks to be pearl ave beads with gold gaud beads with a green tassel.
Instead of using gold beads and pearls, I used glass beads with foil encased in the bead. The Norse certainly used foiled glass, however, I’ve found no evidence (yet!) that within the Tudor era foiled glass was en vogue. That being, said, gold and quartz was certainly a luxurious and opulent in period, given the number of paintings with gold and clear beads in them.
Congratulations, Your Majesty! May Your reign be full of joy!