A George III white painted wine cooler (4413501)
A George III white painted wine cooler (4413501)

A George III white painted wine cooler (4413501)

c. 1775 England

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An unusual and most important late 18th century ormolu mounted and white painted oval wine cooler, retaining its original white painted surface, with a simulated oak painted interior and now with a zinc liner, with quadrant blocks and moulded edge above a fluted frieze with gadrooned strung mounts, the body divided by four fluted volutes headed by paterae and ormolu husk ring handles extending down to panelled square tapering legs terminating in block feet.

The strong classical form of this wine cooler brings together the heavier Roman designs and the beginning of the goût grec with its heavy metal rings, paterae and fluting. Judging by its scale, it was probably intended to stand centrally beneath a serving table, possibly flanked by appropriate cutlery or cistern urns on pedestals, such as the similar neoclassically inspired suite supplied by Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779) for the dining room at Harewood House in c. 1771, and that designed by Robert Adam for Kenwood House and published in 1775 in his ‘Works in Architecture.’

Price: £100,000 +

Height 65.50 cm (25.79 inches)
Width 74.00 cm (29.13 inches)
Depth 56.50 cm (22.24 inches)
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