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    Sale 7663

    Fasque The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones

    7 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    A GEORGE IV CARVED MAHOGANY WINE COOLER

    CIRCA 1825, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE SMITH

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    A GEORGE IV CARVED MAHOGANY WINE COOLER
    CIRCA 1825, IN THE MANNER OF GEORGE SMITH
    Of sarcophagus form with acanthus leaves, on a moulded plinth with egg and dart decoration on paw feet
    24 in. (61 cm.) high; 24¾ in. (62.5 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (51.5 cm.) deep


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    The magnificent plinth-supported wine sarcophagus-cistern, designed en suite with the Grecian temple-pedimented sideboard-table (see lot 30), is conceived as a palm-wreathed wine-krater vase, whose Grecian altar- plinth stands on Dionysiac/Bacchic lion-paws issuing from palm-flowered trusses. George Smith's related 1804 'celeret/wine-cistern' pattern was equipped with lion-mask handles,and further enriched by masks of the Dionysus/Bacchus and the Arcadian Pan (G. Smith, Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1808 pl. 98).

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    Provenance

    Probably acquired by Sir John Gladstone for Seaforth House, Liverpool.


    Literature

    1851 Inventory, Dining Room, 'Plate Cooler & 2 wine coolers - £1.7.6'