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Ewer and basin, 1640

These objects belonged to Elizabeth of Bohemia (1596 – 1662), the ‘Winter Queen’ and daughter of James I. The basin was later engraved with inscriptions explaining the genealogical importance of Elizabeth in the Hanoverian succession to the British throne. The pieces are the only known surviving items of plate attributed to Hans Jacobsz Wesson, a goldsmith working in The Hague, where the exiled Bohemian Court found refuge from 1620. Commissioned for Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and purchased by George IV in 1816