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Anton Michelsen (1809-1877)

Beaker 1864

Gold | 22.2 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm (whole object) | RCIN 47773

Lantern Lobby, Windsor Castle

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  • A gold beaker and cover, with a finial in the form of a rampant lion holding a shield engraved with an AVCE monogram, above a band of swags and putti. The beaker is engraved with an inscription, above cast roundels with profile heads of the Danish and British royal families (Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark and Edward VII and Alexandra, when Prince and Princess of Wales), and a lower band of historic scenes depicting the Danish King Sveno leading the Viking conquest of England, Sveno's son King Canute marrying the Anglo-Saxon Queen Emma, and King Canute on the seashore; on three feet cast as lions.

    The Danish artist Heinrich Hansen was commissioned by Christian IX of Denmark to design this beaker as a christening gift for his grandson Prince Albert Victor, eldest son of the Prince and Princess of Wales. The beaker is accordingly decorated with iconography symbolising the historic connections between the royal houses of Denmark and Great Britain. It is supported on three Danish lions bearing the royal arms of Britain, Denmark and Wales. Heinrich Hansen specialised in painting architectural scenes. His design for the beaker is said to be based on an early eighteenth century piece in the Danish royal collection at Rosenborg Palace. This beaker was made in the workshops of Anton Michelsen, who was appointed jeweller to the Danish court in 1848.

    Cover and base struck with gold standard mark (16 carats), city mark of Copenhagen (1864), assayer's mark of S. Groth (1863-1904), and maker's mark of Anton Michelsen; engraved on rim, PRESENTED TO PRINCE ALBERT VICTOR CHRISTIAN EDWARD OF WALES FROM HIS GRANDFATHER AND GODFATHER CHRISTIAN IX KING OF DENMARK, MARCH 10TH 1864; shield on finial engraved with AVCE monogram; three shields at feet engraved with coats of arms for Britain, Denmark and Wales; base inscribed, A. MICHELSEN / HOF. JUVELEER / KJÖBENHAVN.

    Catalogue entry from "Gold", London, 2014.
    Provenance

    Commissioned by Christian IX of Denmark and presented to his grandson and godson, Prince Albert Victor of Wales (later Duke of Clarence) on his christening 10 March 1864.

  • Medium and techniques

    Gold

    Measurements

    22.2 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm (whole object)

  • Place of Production

    Copenhagen [Zealand]