A PAIR OF SPANISH SILVER WINE COOLERS, MADRID, 1793
engraved with English arms below coronet, motto QUOD POTUI PERFECI, and supporters, drop-ring handles
marked on bases, one with maker's mark but unclear
107 oz 10 dwt
height 8½ in.
One with extensive repairs around each handle. Both with minor dings to lower body, and the bases dented so they wobble slightly.
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The arms are those of Dundas, Viscount Melville, probably for Henry 1st Viscount Melville, PC, FRSE, 1742-1811, 1st Secretary of State for War, and became in 1806 the last person to be impeached for misappropriation of public money, although acquitted, he never held public office again.
A similar set of four Sheffield plate wine coolers, circa 1790, engraved with the Royal arms were supplied to Alleyne FitzHerbert (1753-1839), who served as Ambassador to Madrid, 1790-94, sold Christie's London, January 22, 2009, lot 575. It is possible that they served as the model for the present pair.