Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 74
Overall: 72.4 x 49.5 x 57 cm (28 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 22 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany and satinwood, hooped with brass
Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)
This superb wine cooler, which descended in the Derby family, exhibits the contrasting veneers of light-and-dark woods and the lion’s-head brasses that characterize Boston furniture of the Federal period. Lead-lined compartments for storing and cooling wine bottles were illustrated in furniture design books of the late eighteenth century. In 1806 Elizabeth Derby purchased a wine cooler from the Boston furniture firm of Isaac Vose and Joshua Coates for $32. This wine cooler may be the one listed in the 1814 inventory of Oak Hill.
"The M. & M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts."
The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts