George IV

Ref: 1722
  • Designer / Maker

    Designed and manufactured by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (partnership 1804–34)

  • Detail

    Ormolu

    36.5 cm high

    English (London), 1821

  • Marked

    ‘RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI’, on the back of the bust (see right) and inscribed ‘GEORGIUS IV D.G. BRITT. REX PATER PATRIAE’, on the front ofthe pedestal (see right). The Royal Coat of Arms sits under the bust, on the front of the pedestal.

  • Provenance

    […]; London art market, 2017

  • Notes

    The draped bust of George IV was probably modelled after a marble by Francis Chantrey (1781–1841), who also designed independently for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.

    Amongst other ormolu representations of George IV by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell are identical busts on pedestals, dated 1821; for example one at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton and another sold Christie’s (Paris), 7 March 2017, lot 117. A bust, on a shorter pedestal, was sold Christie’s (London), 5 December 1995, lot 60.

    There is a large equestrian group (private collection), as well as a standing figure on pedestal, dated 1822, formerly in the collection of George IV’s mistress Elizabeth, Marchioness of Conyngham (1768–1860), sold Christie’s (London), 19 November 1992, lot 114.

    A bust, on a gothic pedestal that might tentatively be associated with A.W.N. Pugin (1812–52),is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; see H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2001), no. 3.