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Royal Anniversaries

The first quarter of this year has been full of poignant dates for the Royal Family, including the anniversary of the death of Prince Philip (9th April) and 20 years since the passing of both Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (30th March) and Princess Margaret (9 February).  Above is an image, from several newspapers, showing a gorgeous bronze of the Queen Mother (the third of a limited edition of twelve).  Charlie was also invited onto Solent radio to explain that this bronze, by Vivien Mallock, was the last portrait for which the Queen Mother sat, unfortunately, she did not live to see its completion. The original commission remains in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and another is in the Goring Hotel where Her Majesty and Vivi used to meet (see the full story written by journalist Ed Baker in our monthly blog below).

A much happier event also falls in April, namely, our present Queen’s 96th birthday today and, at Wick Antiques, we are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the most important Royal anniversary of all - the Platinum Jubilee.  We are devoting the whole of our Masterpiece stand, and this year’s book, to all things with royal connections from past and present times.  There are several pieces which we are keeping secret until the opening day, including the maquette of the large bronze plaque above.  This was commissioned, also from Vivi Mallock, for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 by the City of Winchester.

Other items are already available on our website and include three amboyna and gilt library tables and one console table (above) attributed to Seddon and Morel which are related to several similar tables in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. 

Although Seddon and Morel won the extremely lucrative contract to re-furbish Windsor Castle other leading cabinet makers also won royal warrants.  Taprell, Holland and Sons, who constructed the table above, were commissioned by Queen Victoria to supply Osborne House, Windsor Castle, Balmoral and also the new Houses of Parliament. Granted the Royal Warrant in 1846, they exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and were represented at all the major exhibitions thereafter.

Elkington & Co., the world’s leading makers of silver plate, were famous for the exceptional quality of their work, which led to countless commissions, royal warrants and awards.  Notable commissions included silverware for Queen Victoria, trophies for the LTW at Wimbledon and dinnerware on the Titanic.  They won the Gold Medal for Excellence at the Great Exhibition, Crystal Palace, 1851 and exhibited further pieces at the 1862 and 1867 Paris exhibitions, and the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. 

Lastly, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, in 1897, was commemorated by this modest steel fire grate.  The inscription reads ‘Victoria Jubilee’ above H.M.Y. Victoria and Albert.  The jubilee was marked by a Fleet Review at Spithead which involved 165 British warships assembled in four lines, each five miles in length - a remarkable display of naval power. 

Queen Mother sculpture emerges for sale – Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques who is selling this sculpture of the Queen Mother

Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques who is selling this sculpture of the Queen Mother

A sculpture made following the Queen Mother’s final sitting and completed after her death has emerged for sale.

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