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A George II wine cistern and fountain, Thomas Farrer, London, 1728.

The cistern on an oval foot chased with masks and strapwork panels of trelliswork, the body of bulbous form decorated with applied male masks and shells suspending festoons of flowers, with a band of shells and strapwork on matted ground below. The fountain of baluster vase form on a circular foot similarly chased to that of the cistern, the domed cover chased with strapwork and with a pineapple finial, the tap chased with a dolphin’s mask emerging from a larger dolphin and the spigot with dolphin handle, each is engraved with the 8th Earl and Countess of Exeter’s coat of arms; width of the cistern without handles 61cm, height of the fountain 71.1cm, diamter of the fountain 40cm.


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