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Wine cooler (one of a pair)

William Lukin I (British, active 1699– ca.1755)
British, London
Overall (confirmed): 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 in., 135.276oz. (21 x 24.1 x 19.7 cm, 3.835kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 510
These wine coolers in the French style were made for Sir Robert Walpole, Britain’s first prime minister. They furnished the dining room at Houghton Hall, the grand country house Walpole built for his famous collection of paintings, which was later sold to Catherine II of Russia. Coolers for individual bottles of wine were a novelty in England, and these reflected the fashionable taste and deep pockets of one of the most powerful men in the country.
Inscription: on .128) 124=2; (weight in troy ounces and penny weight);
x 95
Inside lip of .128): No 1

Marking: [1] Lu, bezant below, maker's mark (Grimwade 1966)
[2] Lion's head erased;
[3] Britannia;
[4] A, in pointed shield (London date letter for 1716-17)

Location of marks:
In a line on underside of piece
Robert Walpole, Lord Orford (until d.1745) ; Horace Walpole (until 1842) ; [ sale of the contents of Strawberry Hill , May 6, 1842, lot 127 ] ; Bertram, 5th Earl of Ashburnham (until 1914; his sale, Christie's, London, March 24, 1914, lot 59); The Marchioness of Cholmondeley (until 1950; her sale, Sotheby's, London, November 2, 1950, lot 150); Irwin Untermyer (until 1968; to MMA)
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