A Pair of Royal Ducal George III Wine Coolers

ROBERT GARRARD I (worked 1780-1818)

A Pair of Royal Ducal George III Wine Coolers

1816 United Kingdom

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A Pair of George III Royal Ducal wine coolers. Each wine cooler engraved with a Royal Ducal coat-of-arms above applied acanthus and flowers and below grapevine, the reeded acanthus-capped handles terminating in Bacchic masks, with gilt metal liner and collar. marked on body , numbered inside rim 5 and 7.
The arms are those of H.R.H. William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, and 1st Earl of Connaught. He was the only son of the 1st Duke of Gloucester, himself the 3rd son of Frederick, Prince of Wales and so younger brother to George III, and his wife Maria Walpole.
In 1816 he married his first cousin Princess Mary, fourth daughter of George III. The set of eight coolers by Garrard were delivered the same year. The form is based on the Medici krater, illustrated in Piranesi's Vasi, and a related drawing is in the Rundell's album at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Coolers from the set were sold Christie's, London, October 17, 1962, lot 102, and from the Davis Collection, Toronto, Christie's, New York, October 19, 2001, lot 231.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester lived at Bagshott Park, near Windsor, and devoted themselves to charitable and philanthropic causes; both bride and groom were over 40 and there were no children. The coolers were inherited by their relative H.R.H. George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge, Commander in Chief of the Army and Field Marshall, and were included in the sale of plate after his death.
Excellent
Dimensions
Height 26.70 cm (10.51 inches)
Weight 6058.00g (194.79oz t)
Stock Code
DT20.9.4
Medium
Silver-gilt
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