This is a Cooler. 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.
Cite this object as
Cooler; glazed and gilded porcelain with polychrome overglaze decoration; 1926-22-468-a/c
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.