Great Silver Wine Cistern of Thomas Wentworth, Lord Raby by Philip Rollos the Elder

This enormous cistern formed part of Lord Raby’s allowance of silver plate which he took with him as Ambassador Extraordinary to Berlin in 1706 and which he was entitled to retain after his return.


Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
129.5 x 83 cm
Art Fund grant:
£140,000 ( Total: £2,073,648; Tax remission; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2011
Vendor:
Private collector

Such objects were an essential component in the etiquette of formal dining in the baroque period when the display of impressive plate reflected the status and importance of the host (or, in the case of ambassadors, the country he represented). Their function (in addition to being impressive) was to hold ice-packed bottles for the service of wine. This object was undoubtedly inspired by German examples seen by Lord Raby in Berlin on an earlier visit in 1701. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Thomas Wentworth, 3rd Baron Raby of Wentworth Castle, Yorkshire; by descent to Marquess of Lothian; Sotheby’s, 2010.

Venue details

Temple Newsam House Temple Newsam Estate, LEEDS West Yorkshire LS15 0AE 0113 336 7461 www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsamhouse

Entry details

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