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Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11306
Period: Elizabeth II
Year: 1981
Silversmith: Christopher Lawrence
Place: London
Price: $ 1 250.00
Weight: 1490 gross grams
Dimensions: 27 cm height, globe diameter 9.3 cm
Condition: Excellent, no dents or scratches. Marble base also excellent. Hinges and clasp good, slight wobble, slight gap when lobes closed.

Description: A limited edition (no. 12 of 100) silver gilt Commemorative Coronation or Sovereign's orb, made to celebrate the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981, commissioned for a Royal Family event, and made by leading silversmith Christopher Lawrence. The textured gilt orb is surmounted by the cross, and the orb is decorated with the armorials of Charles and Diana, the orb rests on a baluster support mounted on a polished green marble base, with felt base. The orb opens in half on 2 hinges to reveal back to back ovals on blue and red backgrounds with their family crests, beneath letters C and D, surrounded by cast gilt roses and silver leaves. The cross rises and falls slightly to open and close the globes. The interior circular frame is clearly hallmarked, and the interior of one globe is stamped "12/100". Christopher Lawrence is one of the 50 leading silversmiths in the book "Designer British Silver 1930-1985" by Andrew and Styles, in fact his work is featured on the main cover of the book (Reed Warbler Candelabra). He is the only silversmith to win three coveted Jacques Cartier Awards (for Silversmith of the Year), he is best known for texturing, a key feature of this orb. He produced a range of collectible mushrooms that revealed a surprise, including one designed to commemorate the Charles and Diana wedding, this is far commoner than this Orb, which rarely appears on the market, as it was commissioned by the Royal family for a specific event. Lawrence worked for 56 years and retired in 2011, and "will long be remembered for the many magnificent pieces he has created" page 293, British Designer Silver. The Pearson Silver collection has 22 different items made by Lawrence, a testament to his skill.
Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Prince Charles Armorial silver orb

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Princess Diana coat of arms silver orb

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Ich Dien Prince of Wales feathers, silver orb

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Lady Diana Spencer Crest, silver orb

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana orb open

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Christopher Lawrence London 1981 silver hallmarks

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Christopher Lawrence limited edition 12/100

Christopher Lawrence Silver Gilt Charles & Diana Commemorative Coronation Orb - Royal Family Event
Christopher Lawrence Silver with scale

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