William Gladstone Silver Wine Coolers

  • These silver wine coolers are expertly cast and chased, and they boast an impressive provenance
  • Beloved British Prime Minister William Gladstone gifted this pair of wine coolers to his son, Henry
  • An impressive hunting scene adorns the sides, while realistic foliage and fruits spill over the brim
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Item No. 31-2964

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Outstanding in provenance and artistry, these wine coolers were crafted by George Clements and presented by William Gladstone to his son, Henry Neville Gladstone, as a wedding gift in 1890. The pair display truly exceptional, ample decoration with a stunning sculptural quality. Each is cast and chased in high relief with dynamic hunting scenes featuring boars, stags and dogs. The decoration continues onto the handles, shaped as eagles perched atop classical figures, and the rims of the vessels, brimming with lifesized foliage and fruit for an impressive trompe l'œil effect. 

Prime Minister of England from 1868-74, 1880-1885, 1886, and 1892-1894, William Gladstone served in the office more than any other individual in history. He was also one of the oldest-serving Prime Ministers, playing a role in politics for over sixty years and resigning from his last appointment at the age of 84. He was beloved by the British people and was known affectionately as "The People's William." 

Inscription reads, "Given by Mr. Gladstone to his son, Henry Neville, on his marriage"

Hallmarked London, 1825

11 1/2" diameter x 11" high
William Gladstone Silver Wine Coolers
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Wine & Spirits
Depth: 11.5 Inches
Width: 11.5 Inches
Height: 11.0 Inches
Style: Georgian

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