The cistern rests on a domed spreading foot assembled of three raised sections chased with two horizontal bands of gadrooning, and above, a chased band of pendant, stylized leaves below a molded arcade. The bombé body of the vessel is raised from heavy sheet, with a chased border of stylized leaves decorating the upper edge. The applied heavy rim is formed of a broad band of gadrooning. The handles are suspended from two brackets in the form of wyverns, cast in several pieces and heavily chased, applied at either end of the body. The urn-shaped fountain rests on a domed spreading foot that is chased with a broad gadrooned band. The spool-shaped stem, formed of several chased sections, has applied vertical brackets and cast gadrooned borders. it supports the baluster body of the vessel, which is formed of seven sections of raised sheet with a gadrooned underside, and four applied cast vertical brackets with rosetts. Four cast lions heads are applied to the shoulder of the vessel, each holding a cast is surmounted by a cast and chased figure in the form of a falcon.
The handles of the cistern and the finial of the fountain are modeled in the form of the heraldic supporters and crest of the earls of Meath, for whom this massive piece must have been made. George Augustus, Prince of Wales purchased the set sometime before 1727, when he was crowned George II. It was kept in Hanover, the ancestral home of the English Hanoverian kings. David Willaume, who marked this monumental set, was one of the most successful foreign-born silversmiths working in London.
- English (London), 1708–09
- Marked by David Willaume I, British, 1658–about 1741
- London, England
- Cistern Dimensions: H. 66.04 x W. 114.3 x D. 68.58 cm (26 x 45 x 27 in.) Weight: (cistern) 1,775 oz 15 dwt Weight: (fountain) 1,049 oz 18 dwt
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- On view
- William I. Koch Gallery (European Painting and Hanoverian Silver) - 250