Overall (confirmed): 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 in., 135.276 oz. (21 x 24.1 x 19.7 cm, 3.835kg)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1968
Not on view
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 underside: 124=2; (weight in troy ounces and penny weight); x 95
Inside lip: No 1
Marking:  Lu, bezant below (maker's mark for William Lukin);  Lion's head erased (English quality mark for sterling);  Britannia (English quality mark for sterling);  A, in pointed shield (London date letter for 1716–17).
Location of marks: In a line on underside
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 24–26, 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)
Artist: James Cox (British, ca. 1723–1800)Date: 1766Medium: Case: gold with diamonds and paste jewels set in silver, pearls; Dial: while enamel; Movement: partly gilded brass and steel, wheel balance and cock of silver set with paste jewelsAccession: 1982.60.137On view in:Gallery 540