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Tableware fit for royal guests and doll-houses of England's queens

Crockery from the dinner service of Napoleon Bonaparte, miniature dining sets from the Windsor castle and glassware for the coronations of British royalty are up for auction

A piece from the Napoleon I dinner service is seen at Thomas Goode and Co ahead of their Sotheby's auction in London. (Photo Courtesy: Reuters)

Miniature tableware designed for a royal doll's house at Britain's Windsor Castle went up for auction on Tuesday along with a full sized dinner service made for French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

The sale, by the British company that created the items, also includes glassware celebrating the coronations of Queen Elizabeth II, George VI and even Edward VIII, who abdicated before his coronation shortly after the glass was engraved.

The tiny collection of 76 porcelain plates, tureens, bowls and platters was commissioned for Queen Mary, the grandmother of current Queen Elizabeth II, and included three dinner services for the doll's house state dining room, nursery and kitchen.

Chairman of Thomas Goode and Co, Johnny Sandelson poses with pieces from the Queen Mary's Dolls' House ahead of their Sotheby's auction. (Photo courtesy: Reuters)
Chairman of Thomas Goode and Co, Johnny Sandelson poses with pieces from the Queen Mary's Dolls' House ahead of their Sotheby's auction. (Photo courtesy: Reuters)

Thomas Goode & Co, who have been selling tableware across Europe for nearly 200 years, made a spare for its archive at the time - 1922; that is the set now being auctioned with a price estimate of 20,000 pounds to 30,000 pounds ($27,000-$40,000).

The dinner service made for Napoleon I and hand painted in the royal porcelain factory in Sevres near Versailles comes with a George III mahogany table and a St Louis chandelier. The assembly is estimated at up to 450,000 pounds in the online auction, which will conclude on January 8, 2021.

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