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Terra cotta wine cooler - c.1810

Terra cotta wine cooler
    Terra cotta wine cooler

This wine cooler has been cast in a terra cotta body. It is finely decorated with a moulded exterior of grapes and vines. The two handles are in the form of faces with vine 'hats' and may be related to Bacchus. The handles have been positioned to mask the fine line evident from the mould.

This wine cooler has been cast in a terra cotta body. It is finely decorated with a moulded exterior of grapes and vines. The two handles are in the form of faces with vine 'hats' and may be related to Bacchus. The handles have been positioned to mask the fine line evident from the mould. They have since sustained some historical damage. The modeller is unknown. The terra cotta body is porous, meaning that when in use the ice inside the item would cause condensation to form on the exterior. Well made, this was likely to be a fairly expensive piece. It probably dates from c.1810. The form of this cooler is shape 862. Manuscript L140-28310, the Ornamental Orders for March 26th 1808 mentions requests for 'Orange Colour' coolers for the London showrooms, though it listed no shapes.

  • Type of object: Useful ware/wine cooler
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    RR
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: c.1810
  • Body: terra cotta
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded
  • Accession number: 9868
  • Dimensions: 240 mm (approximate height), 260 mm (approximate width), 180 mm (approximate depth)

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