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BATTERSEA. An extremely rare & important George II Battersea Enamel Wine Label made in Battersea, London, circa 1755.


This important label is modelled in the large, early, escutcheon style and was almost certainly engraved by Simon Francis Ravenet after a design by the Irish artist James Gwin. The label is printed in his subtle shade of red and depicts a putti standing before a military encampment with his helmet on the ground, a fruiting vine to the right hand side and a fortress in the background. It is detailed as an individual design in Wine Labels 1730-2003, fig 1003, however we now know that at least one other exists ! We can conclude, however, that it is a particularly rare design. It also has its Christies sale ticket on the reverse, when it was last sold, Lot 504, of the Mullens Collection, Christies, 18th March, 1987.

Length: 2.75 inches, 6.88cm.

Width: 2.25 inches, 5.63cm.