Ice Pail with Lion Heads Ice Pail, ca. 1795
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
Ice Pail with Lion Heads Ice Pail, ca. 1795; porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold; 1926-22-468-a/c
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.