1827 Duke of York Memoriam Bowl

PRICE: £900.00
CONDITION: Excellent
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We rarely describe an item as extremely rare, but on page 10 of 'Victoria Remembered', the authorative work on early commemoratives, they record only two previous commemoratives for the demise of The Duke of York, so this bowl is a very rare piece.

Prince Frederick, Duke of York , was the second eldest child and second son of King George III. From the death of his father in 1820 until his own death in 1827, he was the heir presumptive to his elder brother, King George IV.

Frederick was thrust into the British army at a very early age, appointed to high command at the age of 30, and commanded in a notoriously ineffectual campaign during the War of the First Coalition, which followed the French Revolution.This prompted the verse for which he is perhaps best remembered.

The grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
And when they were up, they were up.
And when they were down, they were down.
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down

Later, as Commander-in-Chief during the Napoleonic Wars, he reorganised the British army, putting in place vital administrative and structural reforms.
In the opinion of Sir John Fortescue, Frederick did "more for the army than any one man has done for it in the whole of its history." In 1801 Frederick actively supported the foundation of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, which promoted the professional, merit-based training of future commissioned officers.

The porcelaineous bowl is decorated on one side with the figures of Grace and on the opposite side and on the bottom of the bowl the figure Brittania
grieving at the tomb inscribed "To the memory of H.R.H.Frederick Duke of York K.D."

The bowl is 6" - 155mm in diameter and is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks or repairs, just minor rubbing to the glaze and some rubbing to the graphic in the base of the bowl, see last picture. This museum quality bowl is fortunately in superb condition
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