A Classical Wine Cooler

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Circa 1825

Derived from plates 94 and 98 in George Smith’s A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Design, published in London in 1808, this wonderful Classical wine cooler is related to two other known examples. One with elaborate carving is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the other which closely mirrors this example was placed in a private collection by Hirschl & Adler Galleries. The front of the case has beautiful mahogany veneers framed by a wide molding veneered in mahogany with a striped pattern. The hinged lid has an upswept concave molding surrounding a veneered top centering a large oval of crotch mahogany. The sides utilize the same molding as the front and are ornamented by large bail handles which retain remnants of their original gilt-lacquered finish. Full figured crouching lions resting on rectangular plinths support the case. The interior is fitted out with a metal liner divided into eight sections. The concealed casters are marked WB & Co. William Beddington & Company was an English brass founder working in the early decades of the 19th century.

Mahogany, (Secondary woods: pine and poplar)
Height: 23 ¼” Width: 29” Depth: 18 ⅛”

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