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4121 A Rare Mahogany Bottle Cradle/Slope


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Bottle slopes or cradles were invented in the mid-late 18th century and were designed to hold a bottle at an angle, which allowed the sediment to settle in one small area. They also allowed the bottle to be presented for easy drawing of the cork and preventing movement which would disturb the sediment.

This example, and they are very far from being common, is well made of dark mahogany, and the joints are competently made by a cabinet maker. It is in fine condition and there is no evidence of any restoration.

 It is interesting that in Farrow & Jackson's Centenary Catalogue of 1898 they illustrate such an object which they refer to as a "Cork Drawing Stand".  We have seen late 19th century examples, but they are made from very different mahogany and have an entirely different 'feel' to them.

The semi-circular 'apron' at the front end of the cradle is to prevent drips reaching a table or table-cloth. SOme examples of this model have 'aprons' fashioned from hand-made mahogany plywood, but that does not appear to be the case in this example.

Date: c.1790

Dimensions: 11.3", 28.7 cm. long

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