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A set of silver-gilt plates; the reeded rim cast with fruiting vines and scallop shells. The plate is engraved with the Royal coat of arms, with supporters, mantling and coronet.

George IV's spectacular silver-gilt dining service and buffet

Paul Storr (1771-1844)

Tureen (part of The Grand Service) hallmarks 1802-4

RCIN 51695

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Unlike modern dinner services, the Grand Service has no single style of decoration. The designers incorporated a variety of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Oriental influences. Egyptian motifs are particularly prominent on this tureen, in keeping with the fashions of George IV's day.

Winged Egyptian masks are depicted on the sides of the bowl, and on the corners of the base sit four sphinxes. Similar Egyptian motifs are found elsewhere in the Grand Service, on sauceboats, salts and candelabra. They were likely inspired by new accounts of the region's artistic style, which were published at the turn of the nineteenth century.