The stepped circular base with cast guilloche border below applied cut-card band of Vitruvian scrolls, further applied The Coronation Cup 1897 in leafy script, the top of the base mounted with seated figures of Britannia with a lion, Scotland and Wales, centered by a Romanesque column stem supporting the vase form cup, applied on both sides with boldly cast Royal arms, emblems of the British Isles, and profile medallions of Queen Victoria depicting likeness at the time of the Coronation and the Jubilee, the scroll handles with pendant grape bunches and capped by overlapping acanthus leaves, stepped domed cover with fully modeled finial of St. George slaying the dragon as a sheep flees through St. George's legs, marked throughout, flange of cover engraved ORTNER & HOULE LONDON
4112 in. (105.4 cm.) high
612 oz. 2 dwt. (19,036 gr.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 22 April 1998, lot 180.
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Originally created to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, the later applied inscription around the base reading The Coronation Cup, 1897 indicates the adaption of this cup and cover to a racing prize for the Ascot ten years later. The Coronation Stakes, established in 1840 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria two years prior, was won that year by the horse Goletta.

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