- 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 roughered 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: 197 millimetres (base)
Diameter: 217 millimetres (rim)
Height: 269 millimetres
Weight: 5.50 kilograms
- Curator's comments
- The pails were bequeathed by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough to her grandson The Hon. John Spencer. The pair made up part of the Marlborough plate at Althrop. See A.Grimwade, 'The Marlborough Plate Part I', Connoisseur, October 1962, p.7. See also E.A. Jones, Old English Gold Plate (London 1907), p.13; T. Schroder, English Domestic Silver (London 1988), pp.154-56; and Treasures for the Nation (London 1988), pp.77-78.
Pair with 1981,1201.1
- On display (G46/dc13)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number