Cistern and fountain

David Willaume I1708 - 1709

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

The handles of the cistern and the finial of the fountain are modeled in the form of the heraldic supporters and crest of the earls of Meath, for whom this massive piece must have been made. George Augustus, Prince of Wales purchased the set sometime before 1727, when he was crowned George II. It was kept in Hanover, the ancestral home of the English Hanoverian kings. David Willaume, who marked this monumental set, was one of the most successful foreign-born silversmiths working in London.


  • Title: Cistern and fountain
  • Creator Lifespan: 1658 - 1741
  • Creator Nationality: British
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1708 - 1709
  • Physical Dimensions: w1143 x h660.4 x d685.8 mm
  • Type: Silver
  • Rights: Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, Harriet J. Bradbury Fund, and other funds, by exchange. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/cistern-and-fountain-129116
  • Medium: Silver
  • Marked by: David Willaume I
  • Inscription: ARMORIALS: Engraved on both cistern and fountain, the badge and motto of George, Prince of Wales, later George II, king of England (r. 1727-60); handles of the cistern and cover of the fountain modeled as the supporters and crest of the earls of Meath.
  • City, state, country: London, England

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