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

The cistern sits on an oval foot chased with masks and strapwork panels of trelliswork.

The body, of bulbous form, is decorated with applied male masks and shells suspending festoons of flowers, with a band of shells and strapwork on matted ground below, width without handles 61cm.

The fountain is of baluster vase form on a circular foot similarly chased to that of the cistern. 

The domed cover is chased with strapwork and with a pineapple finial and the tap with a dolphin’s mask emerging from a larger dolphin; the spigot with a dolphin handle, height 71.1cm, diamter 40cm.

Each is engraved with the coat of arms of Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter (1701-1754) and his Countess, Hannah Sophia, the daughter of a wealthy Derby businessman to whom he was married in 1724.


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