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Ludwig Grüner (1801-82)

Jewel-cabinet 1851

Oak, electro-formed and silver-plated white metal, enamelled copper, porcelain | 97.0 x 132.0 x 81.0 cm (parts .a and .b together) | RCIN 1562

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This jewel cabinet is a proud dynastic statement incorporating the Queen’s favourite image of the Prince, the Royal and Saxe-Coburg arms, and portraits of their six children born before 1851. Designed in the form of a large reliquary, the cabinet was Elkington’s most important exhibit at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace.

Plaques of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert signed DECKELMANN (for Andreas Deckelmann, 1820-82) and Wustlich (for Otto Wustlich, 1819-96) respectively; one medallion dated MDCCCLI

Text adapted from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love, London, 2010