The Art of Play: The Royal Wedding Charger, 1981

Saturday, April 30, 2011


The Royal Wedding Charger
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Museum of Childhood
This oddly cute toy was produced in 1981 as a memento of the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and is the work of Maggie Wareham. Constructed of rope, wood, beads, shells and lace, this hand-carved and hand-painted toy depicts the Prince and Princess of Wales astride a colorful charger.

Though Mr. Heal had created this unusual piece for Mr. Oliver Heal of the department store Heal's of Tottenham Court Road, London. Instead of displaying this nifty object in the store as planned, Mr. Heal was so amused by the toy that he donated it to the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood. ads

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