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A WILLIAM IV SILVER WINE COOLER
A WILLIAM IV SILVER WINE COOLER

MAKER'S MARK OF ROBERT GARRARD, LONDON, 1836

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A WILLIAM IV SILVER WINE COOLER Maker's mark of Robert Garrard, London, 1836 The vase-shaped body on a naturalistically cast base applied with snails, mollusks, coral and other sea life, with two leafy tendril handles, with everted rocaille rim, the body engraved on each side with a Duke's armorials, the removable liner and collar engraved with a Duke's coronet and crest, marked under base, on liner and collar, the base also stamped GARRARDS PANTON STREET LONDON and scratch engraved No. 3 137 oz. 11in. (28cm.) high; 136oz. (4236gr.)
Provenance
Christie's, New York, October 27, 1987, lot 236

Lot Essay

The arms are those of Somerset accolé with those of Smith as borne by Henry, 7th Duke of Beaufort, born in 1792. As a young man of 18, he joined the 10th Hussars and quickly rose, becoming an Aide-de-Camp to Wellington in Portugal and Spain from 1812-1814. He became a Lord of the Admiralty in 1815, and a Major in 1819. The Duke's 1853 obituary stated he was "an excellent landlord, and a great patron of the sports of the field...his inherent courtliness was enhanced by a fine port and a commanding figure, and a countenance whose features were cast in a truly noble mold..." (Complete Peerage)

SUPP IMAGE TEXT:
Henry, 7th Duke of Beaufort (1792-1853), by Henry Alken
By courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London

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