18th Jun, 2019 10:00

Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale

Lot 134

The Coronation of HM King George IV in 1821 – The Earl of Westmorland’s Coronation robes and coronet, circa 1821

The Coronation of HM King George IV in 1821 – The Earl of Westmorland’s Coronation robes and coronet, circa 1821 – comprising a silver gilt and crimson velvet coronet, lined in ivory silk, trimmed in ermine and with a central gilt and silver thread tassel, fully hallmarked – London 1820 / 1821 and with maker’s mark for Robert Garrard; an Elizabethan-style set of doublet and breeches, cream silk, decorated overall with gold braid and silver gilt thread, with fine lace ruffle at neck, housed in a large late 19th century mahogany chest with brass carrying handles and a brass plaque, inscribed ‘The Rt. Honble Earl Westmorland Coronation Robes’, 66.5cm x 100cm x 38cm, together with a Viscount’s Coronation robe, circa 1837, crimson velvet robe, lined in ivory silk (ink-stamped ‘Adams & Ede’), incorporating an ermine and sealskin cape with two and a half rows of sealskin spots, original grosgrain ribbon fastenings, approximately 84 inches long.

Provenance: Sold at Christie’s 30th November 2006 - Sale 7284 – Lot 626 (coronet and doublet and breeches only). Sold for £12,000. George IV’s Coronation was notable for its pomp and extravagance. Coming so soon after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, The King was determined that his power should be further reinforced by a coronation to surpass the lavish ceremony held for the former emperor in 1804 – the result was the most expensive coronation ever held in Britain (costing over £9.5 million in today’s money). The costumes worn by the participants in the procession from Westminster Hall to the Abbey were one of the most notable aspects of the coronation. King George, with his personal interest in costume, assisted with the design of some of the outfits which were loosely based on the clothing of the Elizabethan and Stuart periods. John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland (1759 – 1841), was a British Tory politician who served in most of the cabinets of the period, primarily as Lord Privy Seal, a position which he held for thirty-five years from 1798 (except for the years 1806 and 1807). He is shown wearing his coronation robes, alongside three other peers, in an aquatint in Nayler’s ‘History of the Coronation 1821’, published in 1824 (see lot 139)

Sold for £4,000

Condition Report
coronet -good original order- old repair to one of the gilded ball supports ,fur worn on edges, silk lining split in lining of crown and dirty on head band 
coat and breeches - good original order for age, area of silk missing from under both armpits -fragile overall with minor splits -gold bullion work surprisingly bright although some buttons missing and fraying to button holes-lacework to neck rather discoloured -a rare survival
cape- good original order-silk liner in tatters 
box-good original condition


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Auction: Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, 18th Jun, 2019

Day one - lots 1 - 799 (Royalty items; Silver; Jewellery & Watches; Wines & Spirits

Day two - lots 800 - 1682 (Works of Art; Pictures; Furnishings; Rugs & Carpets

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