Several variants on the theme are known including examples in various types of marble and glass. A pair of frosted glass examples mounted in silver-gilt in the form of the Warwick vase (London 1825) sold at Sotheby’s in April 2011 for £10,000 and again in New York in 2018 for $8500.
The pair of 13in (32cm) George IV wine-coolers pictured above are fashioned in antico rosso marble and mounted in silver with bearded mask handles and a coat-of-arms for the Astley Baronets of Hill Morton.
Dated 1821, they were almost certainly made for Jacob Astley (1797- 1859), 6th Baronet and later 16th Baron Hastings, who succeeded to the title and large family estates in Norfolk and Northumberland on the death of his father in 1817.
Last sold at Sotheby’s in 2016 for £10,000, they returned to auction at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn on March 19 where they took £8500 (estimate £6000-8000).