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Dish with Stuart royal arms early eighteenth century

Wood, black and gold lacquer | 5.7 x 52.5 x 52.7 cm (whole object) | RCIN 3281

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Lacquer dishes were sometimes customised in Europe with coats of arms or with monograms to mark weddings. This dish has been painted with the cyphers of Charles I and Henrietta Maria. It was probably prepared for a Jacobite sympathiser and later bought by George IV, who was keenly interested in his Stuart predecessors. The shape mirrors European pewter plates.