Date Made/Found: 1820-1830
Material and Medium: Old Sheffield Plate
Dimensions: Overall: 463 x 310 x 245mm (18 1/4 x 12 3/16 x 9 5/8in.)
Overall (Base only): 220 x 220 x 220mm (8 11/16 x 8 11/16 x 8 11/16in.)
Overall (Vase only): 253 x 310 x 245mm (9 15/16 x 12 3/16 x 9 5/8in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1943.570
This is a wine cooler in the form of the Warwick Vase, made by I&I Waterhouse & Company, Sheffield, between 1820 and 1830.
The Vase was discovered in fragments in Italy in 1770 and bought by Sir William Hamilton, a British ambassador, who had it restored. It was sold to the Earl of Warwick, and kept in the grounds of Warwick castle. The original was carved in white marble and was a beautiful example of classical sculpture.
The first copy made was in bronze. After that smaller silver versions were made and Old Sheffield Plate ones by Waterhouse followed soon after. Other pieces such as tea urns and soup tureens used the same design. The manufacturer had spend money cutting dies to make the original vases, so it made sense to re-use them for other articles!
The decoration is an exact replica of the motifs on the original Vase. It is decorated with acanthus foliage, a panthers skin, four Bacchic masks, heads of Dionysus (God of wine) and Silenus (companion and tutor to Dionysus), and two Satyrs.