Learn about Wine Cooler or Cellarette (wooden)

A cellarette is wooden container, either rectangular, round or sarcophagus shaped, the interior lined with zinc, lead or block tin, in which bottles of wine were cooled on ice in the dining room, prior to consumption. The interior casings were to prevent the ice-melt from leaking into the timber of unit. The size and shape allowed it to be placed between the pedestals of a pedestal sideboard. They are also sometimes called a wine sarcophagus, in reference to the shape of the top. Many are mounted on castors to make moving easier. The most common timber used in their manufacture was mahogany. Stand-alone cellarettes were common in the 18th and early 19th century, before the function was incorporated into the body of the sideboard, in a "cellarette drawer". Smaller versions, usually termed a wine cooler, were made in silver, glass and porcelain, and were designed to sit on top of a table or sideboard.

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A Georgian mahogany cellarette, English, 19th century, 55 cm high, 68 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany cellarette, English, 19th century, 44 cm high, 49 cm wide, 40 cm deep

Hexagonal antique French cellarette with dark blue velvet lining, brass recessed handles, original key & gilt bronze carrier, 38 cm high, 43 wide approx

A Regency mahogany wine cooler, English, 19th century, 51 cm high, 69 cm wide, 50 cm deep. Provenance: Christie’s, Sydney, The Collection of Leo Schofield, 17 November 1992

A George IV mahogany cellarette, English, 19th century, 33 cm high, 27 cm wide, 27 cm deep

A Regency mahogany sarcophagus on turned legs with hinged top enclosing compartments. 48 cm high, 54 cm wide, 38 cm deep

Early 19th century mahogany sarcophagus cellarette (wine cooler) - Regency period c.1820 - the hinged lid with tin lined interior

A George II mahogany cellaret, 57 cm high, 49 cm wide, 28 cm deep

English mahogany sarcophagus wine chest, with brass handles,48 cm high, 74 cm wide

A George III brass mounted mahogany hexagonal cellarette, English circa 1760, on stand, 75 cm high, 50 cm wide

A fine quality Pollard oak neoclassical wine cooler, English circa 1820, 65 cm high, 92 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Georgian mahogany wine cellarette. Sarcophagus shape. Copper lined with internal divisions. Key available, height 59 cm width 68 cm depth 54 cm

A good William IV flame mahogany teapoy, circa 1830-40s, of sarcophagus shape enclosing four hinged removable compartments with remnant lining and two lined circular partitions for the now absent glass mixers, raised upon a faceted tapering pedestal to a s

George III hexagonal mahogany wine cooler on stand 50 cm wide, 41 cm deep, 60.5 cm high approx

A large early Victorian mahogany cellaret, circa 1840s, the cellaret of sarcophagus form with fielded panels and a shaped hinged lid, a metal liner, the original waste stopper and raised on bun feet. Height 54 cm. Width 63 cm. Depth 52 cm

A William IV flame mahogany sarcophagus cellarette with ogee moulded tapering sides, 81 x 54 x 61 cm

A Regency mahogany wine sarcophagus. 48 cm high, 68 cm long 56 cm depth

A Regency revival wine cooler of sarcophagus form, circa 1900 and later cedar and other woods, the domed rectangular hinged lid surmounted by a rectangular panel, above a tapering paneled body with applied rope twist carving to the corners, supported on li

A George III faded mahogany wine cooler, circa 1800. Of rectangular form with satinwood stringing and banded veneers and brass swan neck handles, fitted interior with two bottle sections, raised on four tapered legs with brass terminals and castors, 43 cm

A large mahogany sarcophagus or timber box, the hinged box with a stepped lid above a squared box with reeded and tapering pilasters and raised on a breakfront plinth base. Height 56 cm. Width 57 cm. Depth 49 cm

Cellarette: English flame mahogany sarcophagus shaped wine cooler, circa 1840. Height 43 cm, width 76 cm, depth 49 cm.

A Regency rosewood open cellarette, circa 1820. 36 cm high, 74 cm wide and 64 cm deep

Regency Cuban mahogany wine cooler, English. C. 1820, of sarcophagus form with finely carved decoration, the top with pineapple motif, acanthus leaf corners and anthemion feet, height 46 cm. Provenance: Fraser's Antiques, Willoughby, 1992

A rare gilt, polychromed and carved sarcophagus shaped cassone, Northern Italian, 16th/17th century. Provenance: The Elizabeth Dangar Collection, Sothebys, June 2001, Sydney

A 19th century flame mahogany breakfront sideboard with carved and shaped back fitted with four doors including cellarette

Cellarette: English 18th century mahogany octagonal brass bound wine cooler resting on square form tapering legs, c1770s. Height 72 cm

A Continental 19th century ornately carved sarcophagus decorated with cherub, foliate and lion

A mahogany Georgian wine cooler. Sarcophagus form, the hinged top enclosing the original lead liner, raised on scrolled feet. 46 cm high, 68 cm wide, 47 cm deep

A Regency mahogany cellarette; sarcophagus form with inclined panel sides and fluted chamfered corners; carved paw feet. Width 69 cm

A Regency mahogany teapoy of sarcophagus form with fitted interior, the tapered colum with leaf flange; quadraform base with bun feet. Width 46 cm

A pewter wine cooler together with a metal pot and cover and a pottery jug, wine cooler 30 cm high, pottery jug 18 cm high. Provenance: Kevin O'Neill, Marnarnie, Mt Macedon

A white porcelain wine cooler, 26 cm high. Provenance: Kevin O'Neill, Marnarnie, Mt Macedon

A copper and brass wine cooler with lion handles, English 19th century, 27 cm high, 24 cm diameter

An English modern sterling silver wine cooler, together with an Australian silver ashtray

Continental pine sarcophagus shaped lime washed blanket box. 19th century. 90 cm x 57 cm x 60 cm

A Georgian mahogany brass bound oval cellaret, the cellaret on a stand of oval form, supported on shaped legs. 64 cm high, 64 cm wide, 47 cm deep.

Antique mahogany sarcophagus tea-caddy converted with velour interior, approx 22 cm high

Antique mahogany cellarette, oval form with brass liner and lions mask handles. H.52 cm x 50 cm x 74 cm

A George IV mahogany cellarette, of sarcophagus form, the flame mahogany caddy hinged top enclosing a lead lined interior, with tapered sides over a moulded base and raised on acanthus carved bun feet with recessed brass castors, 80 cm wide, x 50 cm deep x

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