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A Pair of Regency Silver Wine Coolers, Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, London, 1810

Estimate:

60,000 - 90,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Mr. Joseph Segal

A Pair of Regency Silver Wine Coolers, Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, London, 1810

A Pair of Regency Silver Wine Coolers, Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, London, 1810

Estimate:

60,000 - 90,000 USD

Lot sold:

107,100

USD

A Pair of Regency Silver Wine Coolers, Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, London, 1810

of heavy weight, campana form cast with Bacchic frieze of chariots and drunken Silenus, edged by grapevine and acanthus, handles springing from satyr heads, each engraved behind one handle at base of scene "A.D. 1811", crested on grapevine rims, silver liners, and underneath foot

marked on bases, rims and liners, numbered throughout 5 and 6, base rims stamped with the Latin signature of Rundell's


350 oz

10,885 g

height 11 1/2 in.

29.2 cm

#5 with two leaves and part of another lost from grapevine below rim; minor scratches and dings from use, especially to plain foot rims; traces of lacquer in the depths of some of the chasing, maker's mark very light on liner #5; inner edge of rim # 6 a little uneven, otherwise good, heavy and decoration crisp, strong model


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David Orgell, Beverly Hills, 1974

The form, calyx and handles of these wine coolers come from Piranesi's depiction of the Medici Krater in Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi (1778). However, the Triumph of Bacchus frieze decorating the body is derived from a Roman sarcophagus in the Vatican Museum, which was published by E. Q. Visconti in Museo Pio-Clementio in 1782-1802 (see D. Udy, “Piranesi’s ‘Vasi’,’ the English Silversmith and his Patrons,” Burlington Magazine, December 1978, pp. 828-29).


Storr's workshop is known to have had Piranesi engravings and it seems likely that the workshop or Rundell’s also had Visconti’s work. These coolers relate directly to a design in the Rundell’s sketchbook - “Designs for Plate by Jonathan Flaxman, etc.” in the Victoria and Albert Museum - produced either by John Flaxman or William Theed (see C. Oman, “A Problem of Artistic Responsibility,” Apollo, March 1966, pp. 174-83).


Rundell’s commissioned Storr to make wine coolers of this substantial model from at least 1808, and the sculptural design was a success with their clients. A pair by Paul Storr of 1808 are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and another pair by the same maker of 1809-10 are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. A gilt pair of 1809-10 was in the collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, see Christie’s, New York, October 20, 1999, lot 189. Six, on detachable stands of 1809 and 1811 and made for the 1st Earl Howe, were sold at Christie’s London, 1 July 1953, lots 107 and 108 (illustrated N. M. Penzer, Paul Storr: The Last of the Goldsmiths, 1954, pl. XXIX). Another set of four by Paul Storr of 1811 is illiustrated in P. Waldron, The Price Guide to Antique Silver, 1982, p. 333, no. 1087.