Coolers were set near the table on a credenza or sideboard, visible to diners and within easy reach of servants. They are designed to be viewed from any side, but especially from above when empty. When not in use, coolers remained in place to convey the owner’s refined taste and, due to the relatively inexpensive medium, personal modesty.
Inscription: On paper label on underside of foot: ON LOAN FROM / A Barker esq. / August 22 1860
Barker (in 1860) ; Sir Francis Cook, Bart. ; Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)