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HEIt MAJESTY THE QUEEN.
Jewel case in the cinque-cento style, designed by L. Gruner, Esq., and executed at the manufactory of Mr. Henry Elkington, at Birmingham. The material is bronze, gilt and silvered by electro-type process ; upon this case are portraits on china of Her Majesty, H.R.H. Prince Albert, and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, copied from miniatures by E. Thorbum, Esq., A.R.A. The small medallions, representing profiles of their R.H.'s the Princes and Princesses, were modelled from life by Leonard Wyon, Esq.
Table of gold and Bilver electro plate, manufactured by Messrs. Elkington. The top of the table is an electrotype reproduction of a plate of fine workmanship, obtained and copied for Mr. H. Elkington under the direction of the Chevalier de Schlick. The eight subjects in bas-relief represent Minerva, Astrologia, Geometrica, Arithmetica, Musica, Rhotorica. The centre figure represents Temperance surrounded by the four elements. At the bottom of this plate is an inscription pointing to the artist. The table is designed by George Stanton, a young artist in the employ of Mr. H. Elkington, and a student in tho Birmingham School of Design.
Portrait of Her Majesty on Sevres china, size of life, half length, by A. Ducluzcau, after a portrait by F. Winterhalter. Painted in 1846.
Portrait of H.R.H. Prince Albert, on Sevres china, size of life, half length, painted by A. Bezanget, after a portrait by F. Winterhalter. These portraits are exhibited jointly by Her Majesty and H.R.H. Prince Albert.
A cradle, carved in Turkey boxwood by W. G. Rogers, and designed by his son, symbolising the union of the Royal House of England with that of Saxe Coburg and Gotha. One end exhibits in the centre the armorial bearings of Her Majesty the Queen, surrounded by masses of foliage, natural flowers and birds; on the rocker, beneath, is seen the head of "Nox," represented u a beautiful sleeping female, crowned with a garland of poppies, supported upon bats' wings, and surrounded by the seven planets.
The other end, or the back of the head of the cradle, is devoted to the arms of H.R.H. Prince Albert; the shield
I occupies the centre, and round it, among* the arabesque foliage, the six crests of the Prince are scattered, with the motto "Treu und fest." Below, on the rocker, is discovered a head of "Somnus" with closed eyes, and over the chin a wimple, which, on each side, terminates in poppies.
In the interior of the head of the cradle, guardian angels are introduced; and above, the royal crown is found embedded in foliage. The friezes, forming the most important part of the sides of the body of the cradle, are composed of roses, poppies, conventional foliage, butterflies, and birds, while beneath them rise the variety of pinks, studied from nature. The edges and the insides of the rockers are enriched with the insignia of royalty and emblems of repose.
Two cut glass candelabra, manufactured by Messrs. Osier, of Birmingham.
Axminster carpet, designed by L. Gruner, Esq, and manufactured by Messrs. Blackmore Brothers, at Wilton, for Messrs. Watson, Bell, & Co.
Axminster carpet, designed by L. Gruner, Esq, and manufactured at Glasgow, for Mr. Dowbiggen.
A Berlin wool carpet executed by one hundred and fifty ladies of Great Britain. The dimensions of this carpet are thirty feet in length, and twenty in breadth. The carpet has been produced in the following manner:— The pattern, originally designed and painted by the artist, has been subdivided into detached squares, which have been worked by different ladies, and on their completion the squares have been reunited, so as to complete the design. In the pattern, which consists partly of geometrical, and partly of floral forms, heraldic emblems are also introduced. The initials of the executants are ornamentally arranged, so as to form the external border. The whole design is connected by wreaths or bands of leaves and foliage, the centre group representing the store from whence they have been distributed.
The carpet has been produced under the management of a Committee. The design by Mr. J. W. Papworth; the patterns were painted and the work executed under the superintendence of Mr. W. B. Simpson.
Three sample* of grain grown on the royal farms at Windsor, consisting of wheat, oats, and beans, one bushel of each.
HIS B0YA1 HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT.
Garden seat, designed by L. Gruner, Esq, and executed in Fifeshire by Thomas Williams Waun, of parret or cannel coal, from the estate of Rear Admiral Wemyss.
Two slabs for tables, designed by L. Gruner, Esq., in the cinque-cento style, executed by Mr. Thomas Woodruff at Bakewell, in Derbyshire stones, in imitation of the Florentine mosaic.
A block of Parret coal from West Wemyss colliery, Eirkaldy, Fifeshire, partly polished.
Candelabrum in the cinque-cento Btyle, designed by L. Gruner, Esq, modelled by Ant. TrentanoTe, and executed in scagliola in imitation of giullo antico, by L. Romoli.
Group in marble, "Theseus and Amazons," executed at Rome by — Engel, Esq" from Hungary, pupil of the Royal Academy.
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT, ON BEHALF OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE OF WALES.
Shield presented by His Majesty the King of Prussia to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in commemoration of tho baptism of the infant Prince, for whom His Majesty acted as sponsor.
The pictorial embellishments of the shield, the general plan for which was given by the king himself, were designed by Doctor Peter Von Cornelius, and the architectural ornaments by Counsellor Stiiler. The execution of the remaining portions—the goldsmiths' work, enamel, &c, were performed by M. G. Hossauer; the modelling by M. A. Fischer; the chasing by M. H. Martens; and the lapidary work by M. Calandrelli.
In the centre of the shield is a head of Our Saviour. The middle compartment, surrounded by a double line of ornamental work, is divided by a crosi»into four smaller compartments, which contain emblematic representations of the two Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper, with their Old Testament types, the opening of the fountain in the rock by Moses, and the fall of manna. At the extremities of the arms of the cross are represented tho Evangelists, noting down what they have seen and heard in the Gospels, which are to communicate to all futurity the plan of man's salvation, and prove inexhaustible sources of divine revelation and doctrine.
On the extreme points of the arabesques that rise above the Evangelists, are represented the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, and of Christian
Righteousness. Around the entire centre Btand in a circle, the twelve Apostles. Peter is seen under Faith represented in the arabesque; on the right and left of him are Philip and Andrew; under Hope is James; on either side are Bartholomew and Simon; John is placed beneath the figure of Charity; on either side are James the younger and Thomas; under Righteousness is Paul; on the right and left are Matthew and Judas Thaddeus, going forth into the world to teach and to baptize, and to propagate the kingdom of the Redeemer.
The relievo, which runs round the edge of the shield, represents the betrayal, the redeeming atonement of Christ, and his resurrection. Another portion represents Our Lord's triumphant entry into Jerusalem; a third portion the descent of the Holy Ghost, the preaching of the gospel, and the formation of the church. The fourth and principal compartment contains an allegorical representation of the birth of the Prince of Wales, and of the visit of the King of Prussia, accompanied by Baron Humboldt, General von Natzmer, and the Count von Stolberg, and welcomed by H.R.H. Prince Albert and the Duke of Wellington; a Knight of St. George being represented on the beach standing upon a dragon.
The shield has been denominated the Buckler of Faith. The inscription on the shield runs thus :—
FRIDERICUS GULIELMUS REX BORUSSORUM
ALBERTO EDUARDO, PRINCIPI WAIXI.E,
IN MEMOEIAM DIE! BAFT. XXV JAN. A. MDOOCXLII.
COUNT ERNEST COBURG-GOTHA.