A Splendid Pair of Georgian Pilgrim Flasks

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

A Splendid Pair of Georgian Pilgrim Flasks

1828 United Kingdom

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A pair of George IV pilgrim flasks, stamped 'Rundell Bridge et Rundell Aurifices Regis Londini' Each slightly compressed lobed pear-shape and on spreading stepped foot, the lower body applied with foliage on a foliage chased and matted ground, the shoulder applied with female masks supporting later chains to the detachable foliage cast cover, engraved on each side with a coat-of-arms, marked on neck, cover bezel and some links, the foot further stamped 'Rundell Bridge et Rundell Aurifices Regis Londini' with scratched inventory number '7528'
The pear-shaped form of the pilgrim flask has its roots in the leather water flask carried by the pilgrim or traveller of the Middle Ages. Particularly grand flasks with fine cut-card work were produced in the late 17th and early 18th century. Contemporary prints, such as Martin Engelbrecht's representation of the great silver buffet in the Rittersaal at the Berliner Schloss, circa 1708, indicate that they were arranged on side buffets during formal banquets. When placed in wine cisterns, they also served to decant wine.
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The arms are those of Neeld for Joseph Neeld (1789-1856) of Grittleton House, Wiltshire. Joseph Neeld (1789-1856), great nephew of Philip Rundell, and by descent to Lionel William Neeld Esq., of Grittleton House, Wiltshire, who succeeded to the estates of Sir Audley Dallas Neeld, 3rd and last Baronet on 2 April 1942. L. W. Neeld, Jr., Grittleton, Wiltshire; Sotheby's, London, 11 February 1943, lot 49
Dimensions
Height 45.40 cm (17.87 inches)
Weight 7673.00g (246.72oz t)
Stock Code
22263.2
Medium
Silver
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