The Hopetoun Wine Fountain and Cistern by William Lukin, London 1707

Sold to Kerry Packer in 1979.

Repurchased and sold to Axel Vervoordt in Belgium and now on long term loan to the V&A by the A. H. Whiteley Foundation.

This peculiarly English pairing shows little of the Huguenot influence then beginning to pervade into the design of English silver, it is simple and particularly beautiful.