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Each cistern is in teh form of a fluted vase on a rectangular pedestal. The lead-lined vases have brass handles, removable lids with pineapple finials and taps. The cross-banded pedestals have cupboard doors enclosing slatted shelves for warming plates in one and a lead-lined slops drawers, a tambour fronted shelf and a cellaret in the other.

Provenance
Damick House, Scotland

FOOTNOTE:
Susan Stuart, 'Gillow of Lancaster and London', 2008 vol 1 p308-315 illustrates many pedestal urns including the drawings for Workington Hall, Cumbria, dated 1788. PLates 342 and 343 show pedestals with a similar arrangement of shelves and drawers. Thomas Sheraton explained the functions of dining room pedestals in his 'Drawing Book' of 1793: 'IN spacious dining rooms the sideboards are often made without drawers of any sort, having simply a rail, a little ornament and a pedestal with vases at each end which produces a grand effect. One pedestal is used as a plate warmer and is lined with tin, the other as a pot cupboard, and sometimes it contains a cellaret for wine. They are sometimes made of copper jappanned, but generally of mahogany.'

ITEM ID
143
ROOM
dining room, entrance, hallway, kitchen
TYPE
Antique
DEPTH
16.93" (43 cm)
CREATOR
Gillows of Lancaster
THEME
English Country
WIDTH
17.32" (44 cm)
HEIGHT
66.93" (170 cm)

Wick Antiques LTD

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Lymington SO41 9BB
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    A pair of George III mahogany wine cisterns attributed to Gillows

    £68,000 GBP
    ~ $76,131

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