A SET OF FOUR GEORGE III SILVER WINE COOLERS, BENJAMIN SMITH FOR RUNDELL, BRIDGE & RUNDELL, LONDON, 1807
with applied grapevine below rim and lion's head below handles, each side applied with arms below coronet, supporters, and motto Jamais Arriere Firmior Quo Paratior, with removable crested liners and collars applied with grapevine
marked on coolers, liners, and collars, the base rim stamped Rundell Bridge et Rundell Aurifices Regis et Walliae Londini Fecerunt
522 oz 15 dwt
height 10½ in.
Some occasional minor dings to bodies. The liners with some slight denting to base rims. Scratches around each bolt for the applied decoration- probably from removal for cleaning purposes. Otherwise, all are in very good condition.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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The arms are those of Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk (b. 1771, succ. 1799), who married in 1807 Joan, daughter of James Wedderburn-Colvile, of Inveresk. He visited Canada in 1803 and founded settlements on Prince Edward Island and in Upper Canada. He was Representative Peer for Scotland 1806-18, Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright 1807 to 1820, and Fellow of the Royal Society 1808. In 1811 he received a large grant of land from the Hudson Bay Company and founded Winnipeg, and in 1815 he returned to Canada for four years. On his return to Europe he went to Pau for his health and died there in 1820; his widow survived until 1871.