Rare George III Sterling Silver Wine Cooler Made in London in 1820 by William Eaton
The Cooler is of the Classical Campana form and stands on a circular spreading foot which rises to a gadrooned band. The lower section of the main body is decorated with a wide band of lobing on a matted ground. The upper section is plain in design and rises to an everted, gadrooned, rim. The front and reverse is engraved with a contemporary Coat of Arms surrounded by one of the finest engraved cartouches of drapery mantling we have ever seen.
The two reeded loop side handles are attached to the main body with very unusual cast satyr masks. The collar is also engraved with two contemporary crests and can be removed so that ice can be packed down the side to cool the wine. The interior cylinder also comes out for cleaning. This piece is in quite exceptional condition and is fully marked on the main body, cylinder and collar. The Armorial and Crest were engraved when the cooler was made, and are original to the piece. They are those of the Matthews Family of Scotland.
Considering its size and weight, the cooler has a height of 9.25 inches, 23.13 cm and a length, handle to handle, of 10.25 inches, 25.63 cm.
Considering its weight, it weighs an outstanding 86 oz. The design of this piece is highly influences by Roman Classical designs and this is the first time we have seen Classical satyr masks on handle mouldings.