French, brass exceptionally large and impressive repousse wine cistern on oval flared pedestal base with acorn and foliate detail. Finely cast handles. The entire piece has old chocolate brown patina 23.5″ L, 20.25″ W,14.5″ H circa 1750
Antique wine coolers are used to display your favorite red or white wine. Wine coolers came to prominence in the early part of the 18th century. Previously cellarets were used but they were more to keep wine for just a particular amount of time at a function rather than to refrigerate or display in an opulent manner to your guests.
A general indication of date or period for wine coolers can be observed by the design or construction of the piece. Early coolers were generally oval or circular in shape with a lid in order to keep the wine as cool as possible. Lead lining was also important and most coolers were on legs that terminated on brass castors so that staff could easily transport the wine from the serving quarters to the dining room.
Decorative wine coolers became very popular as a dining rooms themselves became more popular as a room to entertain. As a result, the design became more ornate to showcase the wine and not be just as a functional piece. They were made to stand out and figure prominently in the room.