Label

Bottle sliders or "coasters" permitted diners to move wine bottles across the table and refill their own glasses more easily while preventing the table's wood surface from being damaged by moisture. With its orderly pierced bands, perfectly symmetrical flowers and neatly engraved festoons, Washington's bottle slider - one of eight he requested Lafayette to purchase in France in October 1783 - smartly updated his dinner table to the internationally popular neoclassical style.

Description

Circular coaster with pierced and engraved sides featuring two bands of a chevron-like design enclosing six, equidistant circles separated by festoons; five of the circles are pierced with eight-petaled flowers, the sixth is blank. Most decoration appears to be stamped in imitation of bright-cut and wrigglework engraving. Coaster rests on a flat, turned wooden bottom or base incised with concentric circles and having an ivory button at its center. Drawn, stepped silver bands applied around outside of rim and base.

Alternate names for this form include: bottle coaster, bottle slide, bottle slider, bottle stand, wine coaster.

Date

c. 1784


Geography


Material/Technique

Fused silverplate on copper, unidentified hardwood


Dimensions

Overall: 1 5/16 in. x 5 1/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (3.33 cm x 13.02 cm x 13.02 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1981
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon


Object Number

W-2802


Colors (Beta)


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