Royal Belt and Pendant Brooch, Thailand. Private loan.

Royal Belt and Pendant Brooch, Thailand. Private loan.

Royal Belt and Pendant Brooch
Commissioned for HM Queen Saowabha Pongsri, wife of Chulalongkorn of Thailand (Rma V of the Chakri Dynasty)
Bangkok, Thailand
Late 1890's
Gold inset with diamonds
Private Loan

This remarkably fine gold belt and accompanying pendant were worn on state occasions by Queen Saowabha Pongsri of Thailand. They are shown in the photograph of an oil portrait of the Queen from around 1900. Later, the wife of the Queen's grandson wore them at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The gold work is of the highest quality appropriate to a royal commission. The belt's construction is complex, reflecting a long tradition in Thailand in goldsmithing of articulated linked forms.