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Ice Pail with Lion Heads Ice Pail, ca. 1795

This is a Ice Pail. It is dated ca. 1795 and we acquired it in 1926. Its medium is porcelain, 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.

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

It is signed

Unsigned

It is inscribed

Uninscribed

Cite this object as

Ice Pail with Lion Heads Ice Pail, ca. 1795; porcelain, 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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