Philip Rollos II
Ice pail, one of a pair. Probably Britannia silver, Philip Rollos II, London, c. 1730. The bodies of the ice pails are raised and of circular ‘bombé’ form, the lower part matted and applied with nine-pin ribs and elaborate cast and chased strapwork, shells and lanceolate palm leaves. The pails are pinched-in beneath the rim, the undecorated, everting neck being a separate, seamed piece with the soldered joint disguised by a plain wire. Below the wire is another, broad band of rich strapwork on a matted ground with central shell cartouches on either side. The cast and faceted baluster handles with foliate roses are fixed onto plain strips of silver over the upper strapwork band. Thick lateral straps with lion masks are applied to either side and rise from the foot through the handles to the rim, terminating with classical masks against inward-facing volutes. The rim, which steps in, is cast and chased with bands of husks between rosette medallions. The lower part of the spreading foot is cast and chased with panels of floral trelliswork, strapwork and four sculpted shells in C-scroll cartouches. Both pails are in excellent condition. Heraldry: On one side of each pail, between the bands of strapwork, have been re-engraved c.1751 the quartered shield, supporters and motto of the 2nd Earl of Bristol in an ermine mantling and beneath an earl’s coronet.
Probably John, Lord Hervey; by descent to the 4th Marquess of Bristol. Accepted in lieu of death duties by HM Treasury in 1956 following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bristol. Loaned to the National Trust in 1956 under the auspices of the National Land Fund, later the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and then transferred to the National Trust in 1983.
Marks and inscriptions
Maker’s mark ‘RO’ either side of an anchor in a shield, struck on the underside of each, four times on one and five on the other. This is an unregistered version of Philip Rollos II’s first, Britannia mark entered in 1705 , in a shield-shaped rather than octagonal punch.
Makers and roles
Philip Rollos II, silversmith
James Rothwell, Silver for Entertaining: The Ickworth Collection. Philip Wilson Publishers, 2016, pp. 92-4