A pair of George IV sterling silver wine coolers<BR />by John Edward Terrey, London, 1827
Lot 1088
A pair of George IV sterling silver wine coolers
by John Edward Terrey, London, 1827
Sold for US$ 74,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from the Estate of Jasper Moore, Birmingham, Michigan
A pair of George IV sterling silver wine coolers
by John Edward Terrey, London, 1827
Each fitted with collar and liner, finely chased with wide borders of Neoclassical figures, cast and applied with fruiting grapevine handles and borders, and with gadrooned rims, total weight approximately 280oz troy.
height 13in (33cm); length over handles 10 3/4in (27.3cm)

Footnotes

  • A reverence for the Greco-Roman taste coincided with the Age of Enlightenment, when artists and intellectuals attempted to reform society's aesthetics and beliefs using reason, scientific fact and history. Through this movement, individuals of means gained exposure to Europe's cultural legacy of Classical antiquity. Architects, artisans and designers of that era naturally applied these design influences to their contemporary visions.

    In terms of domestic articles, most any presentation piece was modeled in the manner of, or decorated after, some object of significance from the classical past. Silversmiths like Terrey extrapolated on the ideas of Giovanni Piranesi, John Flaxman, William Theed and others to create their own unique pieces. Similar sets of coolers were produced by Paul Storr; Benjamin Smith II; Rundell, Bridge & Rundell; and Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot. Odiot employed a comparable form as the wine fountain he created for the Demidoff service.

    An appropriate subject to use as relief decoration on this pair of wine coolers, which themselves are styled in the Antique campaña form based on the Medici vase as engraved by G.B. Piranesi (Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi..., Rome, 1778), the Triumph of Bacchus depicted here is interpreted from a Roman sarcophagus in the Vatican Museum.
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