Thursday, May 29, 2014

Painting of the Day: A Miniature of Wat the Terrier, 19th C.

Porcelain plaque painted with enamels.
Before 1889.
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This work of enamel and porcelain was modeled after an anonymously taken photograph of Queen Victoria’s terrier, Wat. Intended as a decorative plaque to be displayed on a wall or a small stand, the painting shows Wat resting on the grass. A smooth-haired Fox Terrier, Wat wears the collar which the Queen specifically chose for him.

The plaque was produced by Carl Schmidt of the Royal Berlin Porcelain Manufactory (1763-1918) and dates before 1889. 

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