A pair of George IV silver ‘grapevine’ wine coolers, John Bridge for Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, London, 1829
- 25.5cm., 10in high
The Coutts Heirlooms, Christie's London, 17 March 1920, lot 92
Christie's London, 23 June 1999, lot 106
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In 1827, Mrs Coutts married William Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St. Albans, who was more than 20 years her junior. She eventually designated her first husband’s granddaughter, Angela (1814-1906), daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt. and his wife, Sophia (née Coutts), as her principal beneficiary. The latter, thereafter known as Angela Burdett-Coutts, became one of Victorian England’s most generous philanthropists.
Much of her 35,000 Ozs of silver was in the Coutts Heirlooms sale, Christie's London, 14 May 1914, including this pair of wine coolers, lot 92. Several pieces appeared on the Art Market including a set of four wine coasters, Christie's New York, 15 April 1997, lot 281; a set of four snuff trays, Koopman Rare Art Ltd, London, 2005 ; a magnificent set of four wine coolers were sold Sotheby's London, 7 June 2007, lot 149 ; A pair of Wine coolers, Sotheby's New York, 4 November 2011, lot 249, and a pair of candelabra, Sotheby's New York, 15 April 2016, lot 194.