These extraordinary coolers are copied from the Bridgewater/Sutherland wine-coolers made by Paul de Lamerie in 1749 for Francis, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736-1803), Christie's London, 14 June 2005, lot 263. That pair would appear to be the only surviving example in Lamerie's fully developed rococo style. The outline of the wine-coolers is inspired by French silver forms of the 1720s such as a Louis XV wine-cooler, by Thomas Germain, Paris, 1727-8 in the collection of the Louvre, Paris, (T. Schroder, The Gilbert Collection of Gold and Silver, Los Angeles, 1988, p.264).
The ornament follows the appropriate precedent of bacchic attributes as befits a receptacle for a wine bottle. Bacchic acanthus foliage encircles the lower part of the body above the foot cast with a border of scrolling vines, flowers and bacchic goats. The bacchic putto is used to great decorative effect with the flower garlands, which are hung between the handles and cartouches, being held aloft by a putto emerging from behind the cartouche. All these are cast and chased against a background of matted scalework.