I came across this portrait of Queen Anne of Bohemia and Hungary. It is dated 1520 and was painted by Hans Maler, a German portrait painter. Note the dog’s striking jewelled collar.
During the Renaissance, the Royal courts of
Europe often set the
trends in canine couture. Detailed
paintings, tapestries, early literature, letters and diaries, catalogue a
collection of well depicted beautiful collars, jewels and coats worn during this
period by royal canines. Dogs are, after
all, the most loyal of subjects. No expense was spared for royal hounds and lap
dogs alike when it came to providing for their comfort. Dogs slept in sumptuous
beds (often the king’s or queen’s), ate delicacies from exquisite bowls and had
their every need attended to by servants. Louis XI of France (1423-1483), a
notorious miser, clad his favourite greyhound, named “Cher Ami” (Dear Friend)
in a collar of scarlet velvet garnished with 20 pearls and 11 rubies.