Description & Technical information

These wine coolers were commissioned by Richard Benyon de Beauvoir for the new dining room at his country house Englefield Park. He had inherited the house from his father in 1796. He was also heir to his grandfather's East India fortune and the estates of his de Beauvoir cousin and grandmother. He added the de Beauvoir name to that of Benyon in 1822, the year he ordered his magnificent silver-gilt dinner service from Garrard. The newly enlarged Englefield Park, the work of Thomas Hopper (1775-1856), architect of the Prince Regent's conservatory, modelled on Henry VII's Chapel at Westminster and the neo-Norman Penrhyn Castle, Bangor. 1 and 2 from this set of wine coolers were sold, a European Lady, Christie's, London, 28 November 2012, lot 824.

By Robert Garrard

268 oz. 14 dwt. (8,358 gr.)

The arms are those of Richard Benyon de Beauvoir (d.1834) of Englefield House and his wife Elizabeth (d.1822), daughter of Sir Francis Sykes of Basildon Park, whom he married in 1797.

Date:  1822
Period:  George IV
Origin:  London
Dimensions: 28 cm (11 inches)
Provenance: Richard Benyon de Beauvoir (1769-1854) of Englefield House, Berkshire, by descent to his nephew, 
Richard Fellowes (1811-1897) later Benyon, by descent to his nephew, 
James Herbert Fellows (1849-1935), later Benyon, by descent to his son, 
Henry Arthur Benyon (1884-1959), later created a baronet in 1958. 
H. A. Benyon; Sotheby's, London, 24 April 1958, lot 129 (part), (to Lumley £850).
with Thomas Lumley Ltd., London.