H. Young, 'A Further Note on J. J. Boileau, "A Forgotten Designer of Silver"', Apollo, October 1986, pp. 334-37.
T. Schroder, The Gilbert Collection of Gold and Silver, 1988, pp. 337-341, no. 89-90.
Harris Lindsay Works of Art, 2005 Catalogue, London, pp.12-14.
Inspired by Napoleon's Egyptian campaign and by publications such as Vivant Denon's Voyages dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte of 1802 the Graeco-Egyptian style become popular in the erudite circles of London, inspiring Thomas Hope and his designs, the Prince of Wales and his projects, and Rundell, Bridge and Rundell and his products. This firm, with the help of artists like Boileau created a repertoire of designs for their creations through the hands of renowned silversmiths like Digby Scott, Benjamin Smith and Paul Storr. The later, for example, used this same cooler design for the frieze and snake handles of a pair of silver-gilt wine coolers at Woburn Abbey.
Of the same model of our cooler, a gilt-bronze pair was sold by Christie’s (House Sale, Sheringham Hall, Norfolk, 22-23 October 1986, lot 106) and had been sold previously by the 1st Viscount Bridport, grandnephew of Admiral Viscount Nelson; a set of four was sold by Christie’s New York, 10 January 1991, lot 53, having belonged previously by the Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos Collection. One pair was for sale with the London dealers Harris Lindsay in 2005.
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