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The Art of Monarchy

A collaboration with BBC Radio 4 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Rockingham Works [Yorkshire] (c. 1745-1842)

Dessert stand 1830-37

RCIN 90209

China Museum, Windsor Castle

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This service, consisting of fifty-six large pieces and twelve dozen plates may claim to be the most ambitious ever produced by a British factory. It was commissioned by William IV on his accession to the throne in 1830. As well as using national symbols as decorative motifs, this service draws on Britain’s maritime achievements and foreign dominions for inspiration. The 760 painted scenes include views of India and the Caribbean, and the pieces are decorated with wonderfully modelled pineapples, sugar-cane stems, exotic fruits, corals and shells. It was first used at Queen Victoria’s coronation, and remains in use at State Banquets to this day.