Ludwig Grüner (1801-1882)
Oak, electro-formed and silver-plated white metal, enamelled copper, porcelain | 97.0 x 132.0 x 81.0 cm (parts .a and .b together) | RCIN 1562
This jewel cabinet is a proud dynastic statement incorporating the Queen’s favourite image of the Prince, the Royal and Saxe-Coburg arms, and portraits of their six children born before 1851. Designed in the form of a large reliquary, the cabinet was Elkington’s most important exhibit at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace.
Plaques of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert signed DECKELMANN (for Andreas Deckelmann, 1820-82) and Wustlich (for Otto Wustlich, 1819-96) respectively; one medallion dated MDCCCLI
Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010
ProvenanceDisplayed in the Main Corridor of the Great Exhibition, 1851.
Commissioned by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria (probably payment dated 5 January 1852, £242 2s, PA Ledgers 1852/175)
Ludwig Grüner (1801-1882) (designer)
Henry Pierce Bone (1779-1855) (artist)
After Robert Thorburn (1818-85) (artist)
Leonard Wyon (metalworker)
Elkington Mason & Co. (active 1842- 1861) (manufacturer)
Andreas Deckelmann (1820-92) (artist)
Otto Wüstlich (1819-86) (artist)
England (place of production)
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