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George IV as Prince Regent

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A fine and rare ormolu bust of King George IV as Prince Regent wearing his Field Marshall's uniform with his Order of The Golden Fleece Neck Badge and Garter Star and Sash.

This ormolu portrait bust is after a work by Francis Leggatt Chantrey and was likely made by Rundell Bridge & Rundell for sale through their Ludgate Hill shop. It stands on a fine original bronze plinth with ormolu laurel leaf wreath and torus.

A similar plain bronze example, signed Rundell Bridge & Rundell, is illustrated in Royal Goldsmiths: The Art of Rundell & Bridge 1797-1843 by Christopher Hartop, a catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title held at Koopman Rare Art in 2005. A wax of this bust is held in the collection of the V & A Museum no.A.84-1936. 

In 1814 the Prince Regent requested the Spanish Order (Golden Fleece) to bring himself in line with The Duke of Wellington who habitually wore the decoration without wearing his K.B./G.C.B. The Prince Regent often claimed to have been at Waterloo, much to the disgust of the Iron Duke. 

It is considered probable that the bust was commissioned to mark the occassion of the Prince being made an honorary member of the Golden Fleece.

English circa 1815.

h:15 inches x 5 inches x 5 inches

 

Item Code: 4342

£ 8500

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