Object Place: possibly Boston, Massachusetts


77.5 x 73.7 x 54.6 cm (30 1/2 x 29 x 21 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany; finial, eastern white pine

On View

Oak Hill: Dining Room (Gallery 121A)




Case furniture and boxes

Rectangular, tapered box form with round brass knob on front for lifting hinged lid. Ornamented with ormulu hairy paw feet on short wooden legs, lion’s head pulls with drop rings on canted corners. A gilt, carved pine dog rests on top.

A cellarette was used to store and chill wine bottles. This example descended in the Derby family and is possibly the one appraised in the 1814 inventory for $25. Its gilt finial in the form of a spaniel-perhaps modeled on a family pet-is recognizable in the British tea set displayed on the sideboard.


Probably owned originally by Elizabeth Derby West and used at her home, Oak Hill; descended in Derby family to the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Burr S. Swezey, Jr. and family