R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London 1954, Vol.III, p. 372 fig. 3.
‘Irish Furniture, The Knight of Glin & James Peil’ p.256 figs. 176,179.
A mid 18th century wine cooler the basin made out of a solid piece of Breche violette Carrara marble with a moulded edge and carrying handles. The system sitting on a carved walnut base centred by a lion’s mask and standing on four cabriole legs carved at the knees with shells and terminating in hairy paw feet.
This charming wine cooler is similar to a small group of ‘Mahogany lion claw wine coolers’ supplied by the Soho cabinet maker John Hodson to the 2nd Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle, Scotland in 1738.
The above piece appears to be the only recorded example in walnut, adding to the pieces slightly quirky charm.
The combination of hairy paw feet, and knees carved with shells is reminiscent of legs seen on Irish Furniture. Two example that would collaborate this, is the piece from the Messer Collection that sold at Christies in 1991 and one illustrated in ‘Irish Furniture, The Knight of Glin & James Peil’ p.256 figs. 176,179.