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Lot 97: Prince Regent: An important, rare and decorative Chinese reverse glass pain
05 November 2016
Near Reading, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Prince Regent: An important, rare and decorative Chinese reverse glass painting depicting the Prince in blue coat and white breeches wearing the Order of the Garter and Masonic insignia, seated upon an elaborate throne adorned with Prince of Wales feathers, the backboards with two Chinese characters in ink, inscribed (possibly in Tibetan) and affixed with an old hand written label in the same script, the frame with minor modifications, circa 1810, original frame, 575 x 423mm overall commemorative, commemoratives, commemorate, royal
Notes: * The Chinese practice of reverse glass painting dates back to as early as 1715. In Europe the fashion for such pieces became popular in the 1750s but, given their fragile nature, few examples survive. The Prince of Wales was initiated as a Mason on 6th February 1787 at a special lodge at the Star and Garter, Pall Mall. He founded a lodge in his name and was its permanent Master from1787 until 1820 and Grand Master from 1790 until May 1813 when he became Grand Patron of the Order.