Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

Provenance & Patina: Important English Furniture from a West Coast Collection

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An Irish George II Walnut and Rouge Royale Marble Wine Cooler, Circa 1740

Live auction begins on:

June 18, 06:00 PM GMT

Estimate

40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

the moulded marble cooler with carved handle to each side, on a carved walnut stand with shaped frieze centered by a mask, on cabriole legs with shells and foliage, terminating in hairy paw feet


height 22 ¾ in.; width 30 in.; depth 21 ¼ in.

57.8 cm; 76.2 cm; 54 cm

With Edward Nowell, Wells;

Private Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut;

Sotheby's New York, 24 October 2019, lot 599.

Large antique-form wine cisterns based on silver models became fashionable in the early Georgian period, under the classicising influence of William Kent. This lot is related to a small group of 'lion claw wine coolers' with both the lion-paw base and cistern carved out of mahogany, the prototype for which is a 'neat mahogany cistern' supplied by the Soho cabinetmaker John Hodson to the 2nd Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle, Scotland, in 1738. Similar examples, all in mahogany and attributed to Hodson, include one from the Neuhoff Collection, sold Sotheby's New York, 25 January 1986, lot 194; another from the H. J. Joel Collection, Childwickbury St Alban's, sold Christie's on the premises, 15 May 1978, lot 84; a further example at Christie's New York, 14-15 April 2011, lot 478, and another illustrated in R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London 1954, Vol.III, p. 372 fig. 3. A mahogany wine cooler designed in a similar spirit with lion's paw feet headed by satyr's masks was formerly with the Earls of Spencer at Althorp House, possibly supplied to Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and attributed to Benjamin Goodison, sold Christie's London, Spencer House, 8 July 2010, lot 1029.

 

The offered lot appears to be the only recorded example of this form in walnut, and the combination of the paw foot with shell-carved knee is more reminiscent of legs seen on Irish Georgian decanter stands, such as one from the Messer Collection, sold Christie's London 5 December 1991, lot 103 a second in the Winterthur Archive, both illustrated in the Knight of Glin and J. Peill, Irish Furniture, New Haven, 2007, p. 246 figs. 176, 179.