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1926

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Cooler, ca. 1795

This is a cooler. It is dated ca. 1795 and we acquired it in 1926. Its medium is glazed and gilded porcelain with polychrome overglaze decoration. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The lion has long been a symbol of royalty, stateliness, and opulence, and as depicted on this cooler echoes the extravagance that was associated with meals of the nobility during the late 18th century. Coolers often held ice cream, a luxury food prior to modern refrigeration methods, that was novel and fashionable in late-18th-century France.

This object was bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane. It is credited Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.

  • Cooler
  • H x W x D: 10.5 x 33.5 x 19 cm (4 1/8 x 13 3/16 x 7 1/2 in.).
  • Gift of Rodman A. Heeren.
  • 1969-156-4-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 19.3 × 21.6 × 25.3 cm (7 5/8 × 8 1/2 × 9 15/16 in.) H x diam.: 10.4 × 21.8 cm (4 1/8 × 8 9/16 in.) H x diam.: 8 × 20.7 cm (3 1/8 × 8 1/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Incized, underglaze: B2

Cite this object as

Cooler, ca. 1795; glazed and gilded porcelain with polychrome overglaze decoration; H x W x D: 19.3 × 21.6 × 25.3 cm (7 5/8 × 8 1/2 × 9 15/16 in.) H x diam.: 10.4 × 21.8 cm (4 1/8 × 8 9/16 in.) H x diam.: 8 × 20.7 cm (3 1/8 × 8 1/8 in.); Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane; 1926-22-468-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Tabletop and The Virtue in Vice.

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