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The whole on a rectangular shaped base.
A wine cooler, or cellaret, was designed to sit underneath a sideboard in a Regency dining room, as illustrated in several issues of Rudolf Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature and Fashions. A cellaret was typically mounted with lion masks, emblem of Bacchus the god of wine. However, the recumbent lion on the top of this example is unusual and may well be the heraldic crest of the original owner.
The rectilinear form of this piece is nevertheless highly sculptural, with a bold cavetto frieze and with canted corners that invite the viewer to look at it in the round. This sophisticated design is complemented by carefully selected flame-figured and burr veneers, punctuated by the stylish brass paterae and ring-handles. The placing of four handles at the corners instead of two at the sides is another unusual device.
Private Collection, England
|Height||25.00 inch||(63.50 cm)|
|Width||31.10 inch||(78.99 cm)|
|Depth||20.10 inch||(51.05 cm)|