Vessel used for water

Contributed by Harley Gallery

Vessel used for water

This large container for water, one of a pair, was created as a gift for William of Orange. Queen Anne lent the fountains to Robert Harley when he served her as a diplomat. He then negotiated with her to keep them. They are dramatic status symbols, made for display on a silver buffet. In Europe water was usually offered when drinking wine, although the English never adopted this practice.

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