Bottle sliders, or "coasters," permitted diners to easily move wine bottles across a table and refill their own glasses, while preventing damage to the table's wood surface. With its orderly pierced bands, perfectly symmetrical flowers, and neatly engraved festoons, Washington's silver plated bottle slider- likely one of eight he asked Lafayette to purchase for him in France in October 1783 - smartly updated his dinner table to the internationally popular neoclassical style. More

Date

c. 1783-1784


Geography


Material/Technique

Fused silverplate on copper, wood, ivory


Dimensions

Overall: 1 3/8 in. x 5 in. x 5 in. (3.51 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm)


Credit

Purchased with funds donated by the Ammerman Family Foundation in memory of Bruce Ammerman, 2008


Object Number

W-2553


Colors


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