An enamel of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) set into a gold ring

WILLIAM BATE R.A (c.1759-c.1845)

An enamel of Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) set into a gold ring

c. 1804 United Kingdom

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Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) wearing white dress with black lace shawl and lace bonnet
Enamel, set into a gold ring
The enamel portrait of Queen Charlotte is after the original by Thomas Gainsborough, which formed part of the series of fifteen portraits probably commissioned by Queen Charlotte of the royal family. They were painted at Windsor in September and October 1782. On 30 October the Morning Herald reported that Gainsborough ‘has just completed his painting of the whole Royal Family, at Windsor... all of which are spoken of as highly-finished characteristic portraits of the illustrious personages who sat to him’. All the portraits were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1783

The Gainsborough portrait was clearly popular for it was copied twice by Henry Bone in 1804. Both of the enamels are in the Royal Collection, one measuring 5.5cm high the other 10 cm high. It was also copied and set into a box surrounded by diamonds, believed to be the work of Richard Collins.

The treatment of the lips and slightly red line around the eyelids are typical of Bate’s hand. It is known that Bate was also working for the Royal family as there is an enamel by him of Nell Gwynne, signed and dated 1800, in the Royal Collection

Bate exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1808-27, where he described himself as "Painter to H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth".
Good, minor scuff marks to the glass. Minute chip at the border approximately at 11 o'clock
Height 22.00 mm (0.87 inches)
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enamelon gold set into gold ring
Not examined out of the ring
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