A Magnificent Pair of George IV Wine Coolers
A Magnificent Pair of George IV Wine Coolers

JOHN BRIDGE, LONDON (worked c.1810-c.1850)

A Magnificent Pair of George IV Wine Coolers

1829 United Kingdom

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A magnificent pair of George IV wine coolers, London 1829, maker's mark of John Bridge.
Of campana form, richly applied and chased overall with grapevine fruits, leaves and branches on matted ground, some grapevine fruits hanging from the rim, the lower part applied with young and old bearded heads of Bacchus, the base inscribed 'RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI', vine shoot handles, with silver rim and liner, each with engraved monogram below a duke’s coronet.
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Harriet, Duchess of St Albans (1777-1837), thence by descent; The Coutts Heirlooms, Christie's London, 17 March 1920, lot 92 Christie's London, 23 June 1999, lot 106.
Harriot Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans (née Mellon; 11 November 1777 – 6 August 1837) was a British actress who eventually starred at Drury Lane. She was successively the wife of banker Thomas Coutts and William Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St Albans. Mellon was the daughter of strolling players (members of a travelling theatre company) and became an actress. When she was young, she appeared at the Duke Street Theatre, where she attracted the attention of an elderly wealthy banker, Thomas Coutts of Coutts & Co, the royal bank. Following his wife's death in 1815 she married him. She was widely celebrated for her beauty, and was painted by George Romney and Sir Thomas Lawrence.
In 1822, after her husband's death, she became very wealthy, having been bequeathed his entire fortune, including his interest in the family bank. She purchased the lease on a country property four miles away at the Holly Lodge in Highgate, holding parties there and at her town house at 78 Piccadilly. She also spent time at her house in Brighton, St Alban's House, 131 Kings Road, on the corner of Regency Square. In 1827 she married William Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St Albans, who was 23 years her junior. Sir Walter Scott wrote to her to congratulate her on this second marriage. Her reply to Scott is quoted in full in his journal for June 30 1827. They were "old and true friends" and she wrote to him, "What a strange eventful life has mine been, from a poor little player child, with just food and clothes to cover me, dependent on a very precarious profession, without talent or a friend in the world - first the wife of the best, the most perfect being that ever breathed ...and now the wife of a Duke! You must write my life... my true history written by the author of Waverley"
On her death in 1837, her property and fortune went to her stepgranddaughter, carefully selected as heir after careful scrutiny of the possible recipients, who as a condition of the inheritance adapted her name to Angela Burdett-Coutts.
Dimensions
Height 25.50 cm (10.04 inches)
Weight 10000.00g (321.54oz t)
Stock Code
DT19.66.1
Medium
Silver
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