Decanter Stand

Decanter Stand

1814

fabricated by

Paul Storr

(British, 1771-1844)

retailer

Rundell, Bridge and Rundell

(British, 1797-1834)

Silver

Diameter: 8.5 x 13.7 cm (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Otto Miller 1941.599

Location

Fun Fact

Bacchanal motifs of grapes and consumption echo this object’s function as a stand for a wine decanter.

Description

Decanter stands served as coasters for glass wine bottles in order to protect the extremely expensive and fragile linen tablecloths they sat upon. This example contains depictions of large grape vines and youthful figures that evoke the Roman god of wine, Bacchus (or Dionysus in Greek mythology). One of the young boys grasps an empty drinking vessel while the other leans against a panther, the frequent companion of Bacchus.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Silver
Medium: 
Silver

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