MIniature Ormolu Bust of King George IV
After years of standing in for his sick father, years of impatience and excess, HRH the Prince Regent finally succeeded to the throne with the death of his father, "Mad" King George III, in 1820. This splendid little likeness in gleaming rich ormolu, based on the official -- and quite flattering -- full-length portrait by Sir Thomas Laurence (1821.) With outstanding detail -- considering that its full size with plinth is only 3-14 inches! -- the new king is revealed in full military regalia and wearing the Order of the Garter. The condition is also remarkable.