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4076 A Davenport Pottery Wine Cooler

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THis is a Davenport terra cotta wine bottle cooler.  Pottery was an inexpensive alternative to silver, even silver plated models, and most are damaged.  This however, is in excellent condition, without any cracks or chips, and only very minor fritting to the glaze.

It is barrel-shaped and the plain pale tan ground is decorated with a broad band of paling around the base and an upper band of 'Greek key' all in a rich chocolate-brown glaze.  It has a pair of dolphin-mask handles similarly glazed.  The colour palette is very much in the 'Etruscan' style so popular in the early 19th century.

An identical cooler is illustrated in my book - "Great British Wine Accessories 1550 - 1900" pl. 5/18 p.86.

Date: c.1820

Dimensions: 9.4", 24 cm. high.

Price: UK customers £1,200, US customers $1,560, Euro customers €1,380, Australian customers $2,100

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