An Important Pair of Royal George III Wine Coolers
An Important Pair of Royal George III Wine Coolers

JOSEPH PREEDY (worked from c.1780)

An Important Pair of Royal George III Wine Coolers

1801 London

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Silver-gilt London, 1801 Maker’s mark of Joseph Preedy

Height: 27cm, 10.6in.
Width, Handle to Handle: 25.5cm, 10in.

Each wine cooler heavily cast and chased with fluted and laurel bases. The bodies with acanthus-decorated lower bodies below friezes of Bacchanals, openwork grapevine garlands and the rim linking rams' head handles.

Each with detachable fluted collars and liners. The bases engraved with the Royal garter below a Royal Ducal coronet for Ernest Augustus the Duke of Cumberland, later the King of Hanover.


The figures of Bacchus and Silenus as being taken from Bernard de Montfaucon's L'Antiquité Expliquée and Representée en Figures (Paris, 1719/24), while the small putti are drawn from the designs of Lady Elizabeth Templetown, an amateur artist who supplied designs to Wedgwood and Bentley, and the dancing figure with a tambourine from one of the Marlborough Gems, published in 1788.

Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1771-1851), from 1838 King of Hanover
Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland was the fifth son of George III and Queen Charlotte, and like many of his brothers including the Prince of Wales was an avid patron and collector of fine plate. An extreme conservative, he was feared by the British public for his reactionary views. On the death of his brother William IV, Ernest's niece Victoria became Queen to public acclaim, and he succeeded as King of Hanover.

Six coolers and stands of this model from the Cumberland plate were shown by Crichton, London, in 1924.
Dimensions
Height 27.00 cm (10.63 inches)
Width 25.50 cm (10.04 inches)
Weight 8200.00g (263.67oz t)
Stock Code
22931.3
Medium
Silver
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