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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)

Spirit burners 1813-33

Silver gilt | 24.0 x 29.5 x 30.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 50278

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Dishes of hot food would have been placed on the head and outstretched wings of this phoenix and kept warm by the oil lamp beneath. Heating devices like this were essential in the early nineteenth century when diners still served themselves from dishes of food placed on the table, a practice known as service à la française.