A pair of mid-20th century Royal Warrants for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for Norman Hartnell
Lot 346W
A pair of mid-20th century Royal Warrants for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for Norman Hartnell
Sold for £4,000 (US$ 6,259) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of mid-20th century Royal Warrants for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for Norman Hartnell
A pair of mid-20th century Royal Warrants for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for Norman Hartnell
each of carved, gilded and polychrome decorated wood, with slight damages and losses, 54cm high and 52cm high respectively (2)

Footnotes

  • Norman Hartnell was born in South London and after leaving Cambridge worked in the Fashion House of Lady Duff-Gordon. He set up his own studio at 10 Bruton Street, Mayfair in 1923 and soon became the designer of choice for young Socialites doing the season and popular actresses. His business grew, and in 1934 he moved to no.26 a splendid mirror-interior building designed by Gerald Lacoste. Following his success designing the wedding dress and trousseau for the Duchess of Gloucester, his Royal customers increased and he began to design for Queen Mary and Elizabeth, wife of the Duke of York. When the Duke was crowned King George Vl, Hartnell designed the costumes for the Maids of honour at the Coronation. Hartnell provided an extensive wardrobe for the Queen for the Royal tour of Canada in 1939 and was rewarded, a year later with his first Royal Warrant. During the war he was involved in designing for the Government utility scheme, but with peace restored he again provided in 1947 an extensive wardrobe to the Queen for the Royal tour of South Africa. He was then commissioned to design the wedding dress for Princess Elizabeth to Phillip Mountbatten and subsequently became her principal designer, undertaking the design for the Coronation dress in 1953. He received the Queen's Royal warrant in 1957. Harnell continued to serve the Queen and his other customers right up until his death in 1979.

    Royal Warrants are given by the Monarch as a sign of Royal patronage, and a continuous service of at least five years is required before one may be issued. The Arms of the patron are displayed at the supplier's premises and are normally underscored "By Appointment".
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