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THE BARING BOTTLE STANDS. A very rare pair of George III Bottle Stands both made in London, one in 1813 by Paul Storr and the other in 1818 by Robert Garrard.


These very rare Bottle Stands are identical in size and design and have a circular form, with a raised gadrooned edge. The centre also displays a raised band to keep the bottle in place and the centre is finely engraved with a contemporary Armorial, with Crest and Coronet above, all surrounded by a cartouche of pluming foliate scrolls. The stands have a wooden base and are well marked on the sides. The difference in makers and dates, is simply where the set was extended by the Baring family, probably as more were needed in a larger house.

The Arms, Crest and Coronet are those of Baring impaling Bingham, for Sir Alexander Baring, 2nd son of Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet. He was born in 1774 and was head of the firm of Baring Brothers, Merchant Bankers, for eighteen years, as well as serving as an MP, from 1806 onwards. He was also a Privy Councillor, trustee of the British Museum and the National Gallery, Master of the Mint and President of the Board of Trade at various times.

He married, in North America in 1798, Louisa, daughter of William Bingham of Philadelphia, a U.S. Senator. He was created 1st Lord Ashburton in 1835 and died in 1848. His widow only survived him for a short time, as she also died in the same year.

Bottle stands are exceptionally rare items and to find ones by Royal makers, with a most interesting provenance, is very desirable. They are both in excellent condition.

Diameter: 5 inches, 12.5cm