A magnificent, fine and impressive pair of antique Georgian English sterling silver wine coolers made by Benjamin Smith II & James Smith III; an addition to our antique wine and drink related silverware collection.
These magnificent antique George III sterling silver wine coolers have a classic campania shaped form onto a knop and domed circular spreading foot.
The surface of the upper portion of each body is plain and unembellished with an impressive bead decorated border above a broad band of egg and tongue ornamentation to the flared rim.
The lower bulbous portion of each wine cooler is ornamented with exceptional chased decoration displaying alternating leaf designs with floral stems consisting of simplified convolvulus, scrolling grape clusters and tendrils.
Each antique wine cooler is fitted with an exceptional pair of reeded handles embellished with chased leaf decoration egressing from a plain central knop.
The impressive sockets of each handle are ornamented with a exceptional chased decorated Bacchanal style bearded mask design.
The flared knops are encircled with fine and impressive bead and tongue ornamentation below and band of stylised leaf designs.
The wine coolers are supported by domed circular spreading feet embellished with concaved fluted decoration and a plain collet style rims.
This exceptional pair of Georgian wine coolers retain the original detachable support frames, liners and push fit covers.
The surface of each component of the lining is plain and unembellished, apart from the featured hallmarks.
The components of these magnificent wine coolers were made by the renowned London silversmiths Benjamin Smith II & James Smith III* in 1810; these items will have been crafted in the same year but due to the hallmarking system all the components of one wine cooler are struck with the date letter P and the other bears Q.
* After a working relationship within the latchet manufacturers Boulton and Smith, Benjamin Smith II formed his fifth partnership with his brother James Smith III and registered their maker’s mark on 23rd February 1809.
Diameter of top 25.2cm/9.9″
Diameter of base 12.5cm/4.9″
Diameter of liner 12.6cm/5″
262 troy ounce/8150g
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