Pair Antique Silver Bottle Coolers.
Pair Antique Silver Bottle Coolers.

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Pair of George III Antique Silver Bottle Coolers made in 1785-89


A matched pair of George III boat-shaped wine coolers with a reeded edge on spreading oval feet. Both coolers are engraved with a crest.

Date 1785 - 1789
Made By John Scofield
Location London
Stock Number SA144x11

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1785 - 1789
Maker: John Scofield

A matched pair of George III boat-shaped wine coolers with a reeded edge on spreading oval feet. Both coolers are engraved with a crest.

They were made for Henry Hippisley-Coxe (1748 – 1795) of Ston Easton, Somerset who was Member of Parliament for Somerset from 1792 to 1795.

The arms on the left-hand side (as you look at the shield) are those for the husband and show Coxe, Northleigh, Hippisley and Coxe. They impale the arms of Pole for Henry Hippisley-Coxe’s first wife, Sarah, daughter of Reginald Pole of Stoke Damerel, Devon. They married in 1786 and she died in 1787.

Ston Easton is now a hotel. For a time it belonged to Lord Rees-Mogg who restored the house, and perhaps his son, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is a Member of Parliament for North East Somerset.


John Scofield

John Scofield was a silversmith working in London during the second half of the 18th century. He appears to have been in partnership with his brother, Robert Scofield, as the pair entered marks between 1772 and 1776. He entered a mark in partnership with Robert Jones in 1776 as a plateworker based in Bartholomew Close in the City of London. The partnership was dissolved, and all his subsequent marks are entered for him alone. He is registered as working from Bell Yard, Temple Bar in London from 1778 to 1796.

He worked for the royal goldsmiths and may have received commissions from the Prince Regent – later George IV, for his residence Carlton House in London. He worked in the neoclassical style and was noted for his very fine workmanship (which was on the rise in the latter half of the 18th century as the taste for French-influenced Rococo silverware started to recede).

By 1770, the English preference was for more formal classical decoration with shapes inspired by the ancients such as urns, vases and simple ovoid shapes and straight spouts and this is reflected in his work. His signature style was to use beaded and geometric bands, oval medallions and palmettes (although he was also known to work in a more flowing style).

There was a big demand for presentation and domestic silver, and Scofield made large ‘sideboard’ items, tea-sets and trays. He is particularly noted for his candelabra and cruets. His silver-gilt mounted glass cruet set in a frame from 1789 is now in the V&A in London, and Temple Newsam House in Leeds displays a pair of stately candelabra from 1794 which are in the form of fluted columns sporting an acanthus leaves frieze at the neck and base.

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