Georgian oval mahogany wine cooler

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Georgian oval mahogany wine cooler


Antique oval mahogany wine cooler, ca. 1790. Of excellent unrestored colour and patina, and original solid brass carrying handles.

Height: 24 3/4″
Width: 24″
Depth: 18 1/2″


An antique oval mahogany wine cooler, George III period (ca. 1790). It has excellent unrestored colour and patina, and original solid brass carrying handles to either side.

Brass bound and of coopered construction, supported on its separate, original stand. Raised on square tapering legs terminating with original brass cappings and castors.

This smart antique oval mahogany wine cooler (cellaret) can be also used as a small side table or lamp table. It comes with a bespoke (fitted) clear safety glass cover.

Oval wine coolers of this design are quite rare and make a very elegant addition to a dining room sideboard, or as an occasional table in a drawing room.
(By removing the top, this form of wine cooler was often later converted to be used as a jardiniere – however, not in this case).

See Christies 23rd May 2013 lot 23 mahogany oval wine cooler sold @ £17,500.

Further reading:
Ralph Edwards Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture p. 640:
“In late Georgian times the wine cooler was generally a plain mahogany tub hooped with brass and standing on four legs. Mary Kenyon in a letter to her mother (October 30th 1775) wrote that among the furniture in the parlour of her new house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields was a ‘handsome cistern of mahogany with brass hoops etc. under the sideboard”.

A typical example of a brass bound wine cooler is shown in a picture by Zoffany, representing William Ferguson commemorating with his friends his succession to the estate of Raith in 1781. See Ralph Edwards p. 640 fig. 7, showing the Zoffany painting with the oval brass bound wine cooler in the foreground.


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