A pair of Royal Ducal George IV silver-gilt wine coolers, Robert Garrard I, London, 1816
- marked on body , numbered inside rim 5 and 7
- silver, gilt-metal
- height 10 1/2 in.
- 26.7 cm
H.R.H. George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904)
Sold Christie's, London, June 6-7, 1904, "Catalogue of the Valuable Collection of Old English and Foreign Silver & Silver Gilt Plate of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge", lot 262, 263, 264 or 265
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.