Lesser George known as 'The Stuart George' c. 1661
Onyx: white, grey and black; gold, enamel | RCIN 441382
Order of the Garter (England). Sash Badge (Lesser George) c. 1661
The floral-style ornament and the colours of the enamel on the reverse of the badge recall mid-seventeenth century French designs. The type of object, however, makes an English provenance and a date around 1661 more likely.
It is not known when the badge entered the Royal Collection. However, it may be identified with the ‘ancient Cameo Badge of Garter, enamelled back’ listed at Windsor Castle in the inventory of 1830, the ‘ancient Onyx George, raised flowers etc enamelled back’ listed in 1837 and the ‘ancient Onyx George raised flowers & enameled [sic] at back’ listed in 1838.
Text adapted from Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, London, 2008
ProvenanceFirst documented in the Royal Collection in 1830
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Order of the Garter: Sash Badge or Lesser George, also known as 'The Stuart George'
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