Based on a Greek calyx krater form, inspiration for this pair of wine coolers is from antiquity, possibly derived from Piranesi's influential Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, published in 1778. That volume, together with Thomas Hope's Household Furniture (1807), was influential among metaworkers. London based, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (active 1804-1834) were producing highly ornamented designs in various metals including gilt bronze, silver gilt, silver and silver plate after designs by Piranesi of the same campana form as the present example. A related, silver gilt and extravagantly decorated wine cooler made by Paul Storr (d.1844), one of the firm's most prestigious craftsmen, is in the collection of the Marquess of Ormonde (Charles Oman, 'A Problem of Artistic Responsibility, The Firm of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell', Apollo, March 1966, p.179, fig.9).
Matthew Boulton's manufactory (d.1809) in Birmingham was also making almost identical wine coolers. A pair of very similar silver plated wine coolers by Boulton and Co., circa 1810, sold Christie's, Great Tew Park house sale, Oxfordshire', 27-19 May 1987, lot 750 (£4620 including premium).
This pair of wine coolers was almost certainly acquired by Robert Walter, 11th Lord Blantyre (d.1830) for Erskine House or Lennoxlove. Robert Walter had a successful military career rising to the rank of lieutenant-general. In 1807, he was elected one of the sixteen Scottish Representative Peers, and served as Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire from 1820-22.
Other comparable models include a George IV silver wine cooler with maker's mark for Matthew Boulton Plate Co., 1825, sold Christie's, New York, 22 October 1998, lot 58 ($10,925 including premium). Another sold Christie's, New York, 26 April 2006, lot 158 ($7,200 including premium), and one with Boulton's mark dated 1825, sold Christie's London, 17 May 2011, lot 266 (/P6875 including premium). An almost identical silver wine cooler is photographed in the Dining Room at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire (National Trust Photo Library, reference 147870).