This reconstructed wine cooler incorporates elements (the lion’s masks and the staves to which they are attached, one handle, and the brass bands) from a cooler believed to have been originally owned by George Washington. In the dining room, hosts placed these lead- or zinc-lined tubs within arm’s reach of the table to ensure that a generous supply of alcohol was readily available, particularly at the end of the meal, when they dismissed servants from the room. The lion’s mask handles on this example closely resemble those found on wine coolers attributed to the trend-setting English cabinetmaker, Thomas Chippendale. More


1760-1770, reconstructed in 1952



Mahogany, lead, brass


Overall (H x W x D): 18 3/8 in. x 23 in. x 21 1/4 in. (46.67 cm x 58.42 cm x 53.98 cm)


Purchase, 1939

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