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wine cooler

Date: 1773 ca

Media: lead, brass, mahogany

Size: h(cm) : 47 x l(cm) : 86 x w(cm) : 56,h(cm) : 47 x

Acquired: 1990; Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 50631

This large wine cooler was designed for the dining or ‘eating room’ of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s house in St James’s Square. It was used to chill bottles of wine and is in the form of a Roman sarcophagus or coffin. It bears a medallion of an eagle, the crest of the Wynn family as well as a symbol of ancient Rome.

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