Wine cooler


Paul Storr ( British, 1771 - 1844 )

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General Description

Shaped to suggest a two-handled drinking cup, and with motifs relating to Dionysus, god of wine, these lavish wine coolers exemplify the richly ornamented style of the British silversmith Paul Storr. The design is based on the Warwick Vase, an ancient Roman marble sculpture whose form inspired reinterpretations among London's finest craftsmen. The practice of using a cooler for a bottle of wine was a French refinement introduced into England in the early 18th century, supplanting the preference for a larger wine cistern form. By the time Storr made these examples wine coolers had become part of the table service for dinners in the homes of the affluent. These coolers belonged to an extravagant gilt-silver dessert service of more than 50 pieces. Edward Lascelles, whose coat of arms decorates the coolers' pedestals, commissioned the set from SToorr in 1812 to celebrate having been raised to the peerage as Earl of Harewood.

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Bonnie Pitman, ed. "Pair of wine coolers" in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 177.