An important George III Wine Cooler made in London in 1818 by Richard Sibley.
This very unusual Wine Cooler stands on a circular pedestal foot which is decorated with gadrooning and raying shells flanked by acanthus leaves. The baluster shaped main body displays wide lobing on the underside and is decorated with very unusual raying shells in sizes. The cooler rises to an everted rim decorated with gadrooning and Rococo shells, flanked by acanthus leaves. The Cooler displays two beautiful oval drop ring handles decorated with laurel leaves and displaying the unusual raying shells above. The front of the main body is also engraved with a large contemporary Crest. This piece has a central removable silver cylinder, where the bottle is placed, and the silver collar comes off so that ice can be packed down the sides to keep the bottles cold. The cooler is in excellent condition and is very well marked in the foot, on the cylinder and on the collar. This is the first time we have seen this most unusual design and the quality of production is quite exceptional.
Richard Sibley had workshops in Red Lion Street, Camberwell, when this cooler was made. A.G. Grimwade in his work, London Goldsmith's 1697-1937, states that whether in partnership, or alone, is of a high standard of design and execution in a restrained key of Regency taste.
Height: 10 inches, 25cm.
Length, handle to handle: 9.75 inches, 24.38cm.