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Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
XQG 2002 203
A gold covered beaker and cover with a finial in the form of a rampant lion holding a shield engraved with a AVCE monogram, above a band of swags and putti. The beaker is engraved with an inscription, above cast roundels with profile heads of the Danish and British royal families (Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark and the Prince and Princess of Wales), and a lower band of historic scenes depicting the Danish King Sveno leading the Viking conquest of England, Sveno's son King Canute marrying the Anglo-Saxon Queen Emma, and King Canute on the seashore, on three feet cast as lions.
The Danish artist Heinrich Hansen was commissioned by Christian IX of Denmark to design this beaker as a christening gift for his grandson Prince Albert Victor, eldest son of the Prince and Princess of Wales. The beaker is accordingly decorated with iconography symbolising the historic connections between the royal houses of Denmark and Great Britain. It is supported on three Danish lions bearing the royal arms of Britain, Denmark and Wales.
Heinrich Hansen specialised in painting architectural scenes. His design for the beaker is said to be based on an early eighteenth century piece in the Danish royal collection at Rosenborg Palace. This beaker was made in the workshops of Anton Michelsen, who was appointed jeweller to the Danish court in 1848.