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.
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
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 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
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
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