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Henry Bone (1755-1834)

Snuff box with a miniature of George IV (1762-1820) when Prince Regent 1820-30

Three-colour gold, silver, enamel | 2.6 x 9.4 x 5.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 3968

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A three-colour gold and silver snuff box, cast and chased with gold and silver flowers and foliate scrolls on a matted ground. Inset with a miniature of George IV (1762-1830) when Prince Regent.

The miniature bust-length, in Field Marshal's uniform with the neck badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the stars of the Orders of the Garter, the St Esprit and the Black Eagle; blue eyes, brown hair. A bust-length miniature copy of Sir Thomas Lawrence's portrait of the Prince Regent of c.1814. A comparison with another signed version by Henry Bone (3971; Royal Collection) confirms this is also a work by Henry Bone rather than by his son Henry Pierce Bone.