The Antique Cellarette, also called an Antique Wine Cooler, was a very important piece of furniture in the late 18th and early 19th Century. It was a receptacle in which wine was stored before use at the dining table stored under the pedestal sideboard. The wine would have been placed into the antique Cellarette directly from the cellar and this would keep it cool during the evening meal as wine was preferred to be consumed chilled. The antique wine cooler was mainly only seen during the late Georgian to the Regency periods due to a Victorian design of having a fitted drawer in a sideboard with led lined dividers to store your wine, so the free standing antique Cellarette became obsolete. They were mainly constructed from Mahogany, sometimes with a flat top but also you can see them with a sarcophagus shaped top. Only the very wealthy would own a piece of furniture like this as bottled wine stored in such a fine piece, was consumed by people with status in the high society. They had money to spend, so would commission a quality piece to display to their guests when dining in their home. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Cellarettes for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold Cellaretts, but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Superb Quality Regency Antique Mahogany Cellarette / Wine Cooler Dating from around 1830. It has a sarcophagus shaped lid with key and working lock and the interior has the original lead lined dividers. All the sides have striking flamed mahogany figuring with moulded edges and canted corners. It stands on four elegantly carved lion paw legs with original brass castors. This really is a superb piece of antiquity and one of this period and quality are not often found available for sale.
- Simon Knight,
I reasonately purchased an Edwardian mahogany sheet music cabinet from James and have to say it is even better than the photographs. I have asked him to find a console table which will blend with the cabinet and feel confident that in time the right piece will be found.
James the furniture is beautiful!!!! Paul
- Ruth Chew,
Recently visited Driscolls Antiques and saw a piece I was interested in. James was really helpful and brought it for me to see in situ at home which made my decision. Purchase made and really pleased. There is a wide selection of quality furniture in the showroom. Definitely worth a visit. Would certainly deal with Driscolls again and recommend to friends.