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A set of silver-gilt plates; the reeded rim cast with fruiting vines and scallop shells. The plate is engraved with the Royal coat of arms, with supporters, mantling and coronet.

George IV's spectacular silver-gilt dining service and buffet

Louis Haghe (1806-1885)

Buckingham Palace: The Picture Gallery, 28 June 1853 dated 1853

Watercolour and bodycolour over pencil | 33.0 x 47.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919917

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Until the building of a new Ballroom in the early 1850s, the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace was used by Queen Victoria as the setting for State Banquets and large official or family gatherings. On such occasions the table was laid with silver gilt from George IV's collection. This watercolour shows the Christening Banquet held by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for their son Prince Leopold (1853–84), in 1853. Large shell tureens made by Rundells for George IV's Grand Service were used, shown here on the table in this watercolour. A large array of gilt plate was also displayed on the far wall.