George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain
George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain
George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain

George I Royal Silver Gilt Wine Fountain

  • This wine fountain bears the amorials of the Prince of Wales, the future King George IV
  • Famed silversmith William Lukin made this wine fountain for the Royal Collection
  • Exceptionally crafted for royalty, the piece was once part of the Al-Tajir Collection
  • Provenance and workmanship make this one of the most important silver works on the market
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Item No. 30-4901
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This remarkably rare and important George I-period silver gilt wine fountain is as stunning in provenance as it is in craftsmanship. Made by the famed silversmith William Lukin for the Royal Collection, it was later a part of the renowned Dick Family Collection, as well as the legendary Al-Tajir Collection, which is considered the most outstanding private collection of silver ever established.

Featuring the later applied Royal armorials of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV), the monumental piece is a remarkable relic of the Royal banquet tradition. Due to their impressive scale, wine fountains such as this frequently served as the centerpiece to elaborate buffets. George IV, in particular, was known to have held countless banquets with extravagant displays of gilt pieces, meaning this fountain would have occupied a prominent place amidst other treasures from the Royal Collection.

The silver gilt masterpiece takes the classically-inspired shape of a two-handled urn, and exhibits exquisitely chased details executed with the highest level of precision. Medallions, female masks, shells, lion’s heads and floral details encase the dome-covered fountain, while the faceted spout makes it as functional as it is beautiful. This wine fountain is spectacular in every possible way.

The fact that the piece was part of the Al-Tajir collection is a testament to its tremendous importance. The Al-Tajir Collection of gold and silver was assembled by Mohamad Mehdi Al-Tajir, former United Arab Emirates Ambassador to London. The collection comprises the finest examples of the Georgian era, all of which were hand-selected for the impeccable level of design and technical prowess they represent. In fact, it is considered the greatest compilation of silver ever assembled. This fountain has the added distinction of being by a part of the Dick family legacy. The original founders of the Bank of Ireland, the Dick family amassed a remarkable collection of Regency silver over three generations, including many pieces by Paul Storr and this early 18th century fountain by Lukin.

The work features the hallmark of William Lukin, and is stamped with earlier transposed London Britannia standard marks. The practice of using earlier hallmarks on pieces allowed silversmiths to avoid paying the duty tax, which would have been considerable on a piece of this size and weight. Known as “duty dodging”, the practice was not uncommon after 1720 when the new tax was imposed. There is also speculation by Phillipa Glanville, an expert on Georgian silver, that this fountain was made not by William Lukin as the hallmark indicates, but by the celebrated silversmith Paul Crespin, who was also a renowned "duty dodger.” In either case, the craftsmanship of the fountain is impeccable - combined with its impressive provenance, its extraordinary artistry makes it among the best on the market today.

Circa 1720

13" diameter x 24" high

Provenance:
The British Royal Collection
George, Prince of Wales, later George IV
The Dick Family Collection, London
Sold Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, December 16, 1976, lot 61
The Al-Tajir Collection, London
Private Collection, Tennessee
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

Exhibited:
The Canadian Taste in English Silver, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1958
Sydney Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1980, no.4

Literature:
The Al-Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold: Volume I, 1983, J.B. Hawkins, pages 29-31
The Collector's Dictionary of the Silver and Gold of Great Britain and North America, second edition, 1985, M. Clayton, page 464, plate 77
The Sotheby's Dictionary of Silver, 1986, V. Brett, no. 664
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Period: 18th Century
Origin:England
Type:Wine & Spirits
Diameter:13 Inches
Height:24 Inches
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