style of Robert Adam (Kirkcaldy 1728 - London 1792)
An ormolu-mounted mahogany wine cooler, one of a pair, English, late 18th century, in the style of Robert Adam (London 1728-1792). Of oval urn shape, the main body with scalloped design, the base of the body applied with leaf-carved mouldings radiating up the sides of the body, between the concave frieze applied with foliate-carved mouldings and the scalloped body is fitted with an ormolu band chased with interweaving ribbons and flowers, the band affixed with four ram's head masks, each above a strip of stylized leaves, each mask heading a shaped and grooved leg, the front of each leg carved with interweaving ribbons, the legs terminating in ormolu sabots in form of hair hoof feet and joined by concave stretchers with beaded top edges, the outward sides applied with ormolu bands ensuite to that encircling the body of the wine cooler, the legs also joined by a plain black-painted iron diamond-form floor stretcher (modern addition to stabilize), the wine cooler with a shaped and domed cover with beaded edge, the surface of the cover carved with radiating foliate decoration and centred by a gadrooned dome section surmounted by an ormolu pineapple finial, the interior of the cooler with a copper and zinc liner fitted with shaped oval handles. These wine coolers are originally from Londonderry House which was the London residence of the Marquesses of Londonderry. Londonderry House was demolished in 1965.
Gifted to the National Trust from Lady Mairi Bury (1921-2009), 1976
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style of Robert Adam (Kirkcaldy 1728 - London 1792), designer