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Three Gems Saved for Seaton Delaval by The Art Fund

LONDON.- Leading independent art charity The Art Fund today announces that it has helped save two important objects housed at Seaton Delaval Hall, the Vanbrugh mansion which has been the subject of a major fundraising campaign by the National Trust. The Art Fund has pledged £100,000, enabling the Hall to acquire the ‘Fairfax Jewel’, which consists of three enamelled roundels set in an engraved, rectangular gilt-metal plaque, and the “Marble Bust of Charles II” by Bushnell. News of the charity grant comes on the day that the National Trust announces that Seaton Delaval Hall, close to Blyth in south east Northumberland, has been saved for the nation. Both pieces reflect the royal connections of the Delaval and Astley families, who have owned the Estate since the time of the Norman Conquest. The roundels on the ‘Fairfax Jewel’ were made by Pierre Bordier (dates unknown, active in the 17th-century), a well-known miniaturist at the