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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

Paul Storr (1771-1844)

Dessert stand (part of the Grand Service) hallmarks 1813-18

Silver gilt | 55.5 x 46.5 x 46.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 50844

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From the seventeenth century pineapples were sought after in England as rare and highly exotic delicacies. Pineapple leaves are depicted at the centre of this dessert stand and may have been intended to bring to mind Britain's fertile overseas dominions during George IV's Regency (1811–20).

During banquets, the circular dish at the top and the six leaves emerging from the stem of the stand hold fresh, dried or crystallised fruit.