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I really didn’t intend this week to be devoted to Princess Charlotte but that appears to be how it is turning out….I hope you are not bored. As yesterday’s post detailed some of the commemorative items that were produced in their thousands after Princess Charlotte’s premature death in 1817, I thought I might share with you a favourite antique dealer of mine and some of his stock. Martyn Edgell Antiques deals in exactly the type of antiques I love, and has some wonderful examples of early Staffordshire and pearlware pieces. Though he no longer has a shop, you can buy items from him online and he also attends antiques fairs in the UK and in the USA. I have bought a few pieces from him in the past, and thought you might like to know that at present he has two items on sale which relate to the death of Princess Charlotte, and were obviously produced in the grief-stricken days after her death in 1817.
The are pictures painted on glass, both set into original stained pearwood frames. The first is a representation of her funeral procession:
The second shows Prince Leopold, Britannia and the Lion of England grieving at her tomb…
Princess Charlotte is buried in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel but the exquisite memorial to her and her child can be seen in the Urswick Chantry in the north-west corner of the Chapel. It was unveiled in 1824. You can see from this old postcard of mine , that it is entirely different:
There are also some ceramics commemorating Princess Charlotte’s mother, Queen Caroline of Brunswick, who died in 1821. They are obviously all based on this print of Queen Caroline, which was produced after her death:
It was even printed on cotton to be used by the amateur seamstress. In this case it was incorporated as a centre piece of a quilt. Go here to see the original.
Here is a commemorative child’s plate, circa 1821, which uses the same image but in reverse:
And here is a similar plate made of Prattware, which attempts to replicate the print, but in an embossed form.
The stock online has many more interesting commemoratives: do go and look, but I warn you , you may be tempted beyond endurance!