Regency mahogany wine cooler
Regency mahogany wine cooler
Regency mahogany wine cooler

Regency mahogany wine cooler

c. 1820 England

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£50,000 gbp
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An early 19th century Regency mahogany sarcophagus wine cooler, the pitched lid adorned with a recumbent bronze lion framed with acanthus leaves, above a panelled base with re-entrant mouldings. The frieze decorated with circular bronze paterae above lions head masks holding ring handles at each corner.
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.
Mallett, London
Private Collection, England
R. Ackermann, Repository of Arts, Literature and Fashions, London, October 1822, second series, pl. 21.
Height 25.00 inch (63.50 cm)
Width 31.10 inch (78.99 cm)
Depth 20.10 inch (51.05 cm)
Stock Code
mahogany, bronze
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