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Peruvian

Tray first half of the eighteenth century

RCIN 50823

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This magnificent tray was among the first South American works of art to enter the Royal Collection. It is said to have been given to George IV by 'one of the British Consuls', although the donor is not named. It may have been a gift from Sir Edmund Nagle, a personal friend of the Prince Regent, who was appointed Governor of Newfoundland in 1813 and Groom of the Bedchamber in 1820. The tray displays typical Andean motifs such as scrolling foliage interspersed with figures, and the fine workmanship suggests a highly-skilled hand.