18th Century Irish set of four silver wine coasters by Christopher Clarke, Dublin, circa 1770. These unique coasters were featured in an article that appeared in the Antique Collector August 1987 and the Irish Arts Review of the same year titled, ‘The Company of Goldsmiths in Ireland’. Each coaster has pierced embossed sides depicting Bacchus in the vineyard with baskets of fruit and flowers enjoying a flask of wine and falling asleep on a leafy bed within a Roccoco landscape of trees, windmills and buildings raised over a wooden base. The cartouche crest embodies elements of the folklore legend of ‘Nuada and the Silver Arm’, it depicts an arm and hand holding a sword which is the symbol of Nuada’s arm, a popular heraldic symbol in Ireland incorporated into various families coats of arms.
Irish Arts Review 1984