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An important and extremely rare George III Bacchus Wine Coaster made in London circa 1770 by Charles Chesterman.


This is probably the most unusual Wine Coaster we have offered over the years and is of circular form with a wavy gadrooned rim. The sides are very unusually decorated with Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine, drinking from a wine flask. On the other side he appears slighly the worse for wear, asleep with his head resting on a rock with a basket of grapes next to him. The sides are also decorated with various rural scenes, a windmill, farmhouse and obelisk water tower, as well as trailing vines and grapes. These motifs are also shown on the rare Cream Pails which Chesterman made, an example of which is in our archive. The front displays a Rococo style cartouche engraved with a contemporary Crest. The Coaster has its original turned fruitwood base and is engraved with its original scratch weight. The Coaster is marked twice with the makers mark, which indicates that it must have gone straight to the client from Chestermans workshops. This is a most exceptional, interesting item.

Height: 2.45 inches, 6.13cm.

Diameter: 5 inches, 12.5cm.