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Ice Cream Cooler (Seau à Glace; One of a Pair) Cooler With Lining And Cover

This is a cooler with lining and cover. It is dated ca. 1795 and we acquired it in 1926. Its medium is porcelain (possibly soft paste), vitreous enamel, gold. 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.

  • Seaux à verre Cooler
  • soft-paste porcelain, underglaze blue, glass.
  • Gift of Mrs. George T. Bliss.
  • 1907-23-8-b
  • 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 (a,b,c: overall): 26.5 × 25 × 25.3 cm (10 7/16 × 9 13/16 × 9 15/16 in.) H x W x D (a: stand): 19 × 25 × 25 cm (7 1/2 × 9 13/16 × 9 13/16 in.) H x diam. (b: bowl): 10.5 × 22 cm (4 1/8 × 8 11/16 in.) H x diam. (c: lid): 7.5 × 21 cm (2 15/16 × 8 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Underside of pail: [1] "B2", incised Underside of cover: [1] "26", incised (very faint)

It is signed

Unsigned

It is inscribed

Uninscribed

Cite this object as

Ice Cream Cooler (Seau à Glace; One of a Pair) Cooler With Lining And Cover; porcelain (possibly soft paste), vitreous enamel, gold; H x W x D (a,b,c: overall): 26.5 × 25 × 25.3 cm (10 7/16 × 9 13/16 × 9 15/16 in.) H x W x D (a: stand): 19 × 25 × 25 cm (7 1/2 × 9 13/16 × 9 13/16 in.) H x diam. (b: bowl): 10.5 × 22 cm (4 1/8 × 8 11/16 in.) H x diam. (c: lid): 7.5 × 21 cm (2 15/16 × 8 1/4 in.); Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane; 1926-22-468-a/c

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

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