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Wine cistern

After an original by Charles Frederich Kandler (active 1735, died 1778)
Elkington & Co. (British, Birmingham, 1829–1963)
ca. 1880
British, Birmingham, after British, London original
Silver on base metal (copper and brass)
Overall: 39 1/2 × 65 × 36 5/8 in., 320 lb. (100.3 × 165.1 × 93 cm, 145.2 kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1883
Accession Number:
Not on view
This is an electrotype reproduction of the magnificent silver wine cistern commissioned by the English banker and silversmith Henry Jernegan (ca. 1688–1745/6) for his client Littleton Pointz Meynell (ca. 1695–1752) who was desirous to have the "largest and finest silver cistern that ever was or could be…" A first sketch of the design honoring the wine god Bacchus was done by the antiquarian and engraver George Vertue (1684-1756) and the wax models for the figures were executed by the Flemish-born English sculptor John Michael Rysbrack (1694–1770). The actual cistern, now in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, was the work of the silversmith Charles Frederick Kandler (act. 1720–1770s). When this remarkable piece was finally ready in 1734, Meynell had changed his mind and Jernegan was stuck with the extravagant object for which he failed to find a buyer. Offered as first price in a lottery of 1739, the wine cistern entered the collection of Empress Anne of Russia by the following year.
Marking: On original:
[1] London date letter for 1734;
[2] KA and mitre (maker's mark)
Commissioned by Henry Jerningham in 1730 ; William Battine (from 1737) ; Empress Anna Ioannovna ; Henry G. Marquand (until 1883; to MMA)
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