- Museum number
- Series: Marlborough Ice Pails
Ice-pail, one of a pair known as the Marlborough Ice Pails; gold; cylindrical; two lion masks and hinged handles; reeded moulding with incised lines above and below divides the cylindrical body horizontally into two parts; upper part plain except for moulded lip and incised line below; lower half has flat spiral bands each terminating in foliate motif and each chased with large fluting; between these spiral bands a spiral fluting terminates in three scales and a smaller foliate motif; ground pounced to give roughened effect around the ends of the spiral bands; low spreading foot similarly decorated with narrower zone of same fluted spiral ornament, spirals in opposite direction to the spirals on the body; rim of foot has narrow fluted moulding.
- Production date
- 1700 (circa)
Diameter: 200 millimetres (base)
Diameter: 218 millimetres (rim)
Height: 267 millimetres
Weight: 5.75 kilograms
- Curator's comments
- The pails were bequeathed by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough to her grandson, the Hon. John Spencer in 1744 and were subsequently sold from the collection of Marlborough plate at Althrop. See A. Grimwade, 'The Marlborough Plate Part I', Connoisseur, October 1962, p.7. The pails are also discussed in E.A. Jones, Old English Gold Plate (London 1907) p.13; T. Schroder, English Domestic Silver (London 1988), pp.154-56, and in Treasures for the Nation (London 1988), pp.77-78.
Pair with 1981,1201.2
The pair of pails are possibly to be identified with the 'two enormous gold cups' lent in 1872 by Lord Spencer to the Loan Collection of Ornamental Art shown as part of the Dublin Exhibition, see 'The Times', 12 August 1872, p. 11, 'The Dublin Exhibition'. (J. Rudoe, 23.2.16)
- On display (G46/dc13)
- Exhibition history
2012 1 Jun-28 Jul, London, Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths' Hall, Gold: Power and Allure’.
2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2009 1 May-20 Sep, Canada, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2001 19 Jul-21 Oct, Australia, Melbourne, Museum Victoria, Gold and Civilisation
2001 13 Mar-24 Jun, Australia, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Gold and Civilisation
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number