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Philip Rundell (1746-1827)

The Shield of Achilles 1821

RCIN 51266

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Over the course of 25 years George created one of the most spectacular dining services ever made. It became known as the Grand Service. As well as silver-gilt dining plate the service included works to be displayed on the buffet, traditionally arrayed behind the monarch himself. The royal goldsmiths Rundell, Bridge & Rundell were able to draw on a remarkable pool of artistic talent to design the 4,000 individual elements of the service. Together they created a series of works inspired by gothic, baroque, rococo and neo-classical motifs, on a monumental scale. The service remains in use to this day.