A Monumental Wine Cistern

A Monumental Wine Cistern

A homage to the Masterpiece made by F Kandler in 1735

Made of solid silver in, mid 20th century. Unmarked

The original was commissioned by Henry Jernegan (Jerningham), a London goldsmith-banker, who wanted to create the largest ever wine cooler celebrating the pleasures of wine. He employed the sculptor John Michael Rysbrack to model the Bacchanalian scenes on the bowl, the crouching panthers beneath. It took the German silversmith Charles Frederick Kandler four years to make.
In 1737 Jernegan ...

A homage to the Masterpiece made by F Kandler in 1735

Made of solid silver in, mid 20th century. Unmarked

The original was commissioned by Henry Jernegan (Jerningham), a London goldsmith-banker, who wanted to create the largest ever wine cooler celebrating the pleasures of wine. He employed the sculptor John Michael Rysbrack to model the Bacchanalian scenes on the bowl, the crouching panthers beneath. It took the German silversmith Charles Frederick Kandler four years to make.
In 1737 Jernegan

offered the cooler as a lottery prize to raise funds for a new bridge over the Thames at Westminster. Silver medals were sold as lottery tickets for about five or six shillings each. The winner, Major William Battine, appears to have sold the cooler to the Regent Anna Leopoldovna of Russia in 1738. Since 1743 it has been in the Hermitage, St Petersburg.

In 1857 the Victoria and Albert Museum made an agreement with Elkington & Co., the Birmingham manufacturers. Exploiting their new technique of electroplating, historic silver was reproduced 'increasing the copies of fine specimens … that not only the consumer may become familiar with the beauties, but both artist and artisan may also be able to compare the same with their own productions.' The scheme was so successful that it was extended to other European collections, including those in Imperial Russia. The Jerningham wine cooler was one of about 200 examples of English silver in Russia to be electrotyped. There are two known silver-plated electrotype copies of the Jernegan Wine Cistern made by Elkington in 1881. One now in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the other in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Literature:
The Museum and the Factory, Alistair Grant and Angus Patterson 2018 pg 116-120

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Reference

10920

Dimensions

Height 107 cm (42.13")
Width 158 cm (62.2")
Depth 97 cm (38.19")
Weight 205.3 kg (6600.54 troy ozs)