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1809-1810 (made)
Place of origin

Wine cooler,gilded silver, cast and chased, with applied ornament, English (London), maker's mark of Paul Storr for Rundell Bridge and Rundell, 1809-1810.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Silver gilt, cast, chased and engraved with applied ornament
Brief description
Wine cooler,gilded silver, cast and chased, with applied ornament, English (London), maker's mark of Paul Storr for Rundell Bridge and Rundell, 1809-1810.
  • Diameter: 27.5cm
  • Height: 35.0cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • PS - Paul Storr, date letter for 1808-9 on liner and 1809-10 on vase; Inscribed RUNDELL BRIDGE ET RUNDELL AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI
  • Engraved with the Ormonde crest
Gallery label
WINE COOLER ENGLISH; 1809-10 Silver-gilt. From a set of four. London hall-mark for 1809-10; maker's mark of Paul Storr at the Dean Street workshops of Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. The original model of this piece was probably by the sculptor William Theed, head of the design department at Rundell's until his death in 1817, and was based on a vase in the Villa Albani, engraved by C. H. Tatham in Etchings Representing the Best Examples of Ancient Ornamental Architecture (1799; pl.28). The relief represents the Triumph of Bacchus. Ormonde Collection. M.48anda-1982(Pre-2000)
Object history
Ormonde family crest
From a set of two. Theed’s design is after a vase in the Villa Albani. It was engraved by C.H. Tatham and used by Rundell’s for a set of eight coolers by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith (1808) in the Royal Collection, and for a set of four by Paul Storr (1809).

This vase and stand, one of a set of four, is typical of the kind of grand neo-classical plate demanded by wealthy clients to dress their buffets or dining tables in the early 19th century.

Decorated with a bacchanalian procession including Dionysus, Persephone and a drunken Silenus carried by two satyrs, it is based on a design by William Theed, who in turn was inspired by a classical vase in the Villa Albani. The pattern was extremely successful. It was first made as a set of eight by Benjamin Smith for the Royal collections, and then used repeatedly by Paul Storr, with minor variations.

Theed was a sculptor who ran Rundells' design studio until his death in 1817. His employment illustrates the common practise for major 19th-century firms to take on artists to design silver which was generally made by a firm of subcontractors (Paul Storr in this case). John Flaxman (1755-1826) and Thomas Stothard (1755-1834) were two of the most illustrious names connected with the firm.
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Record createdMarch 3, 2004
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