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Wine Cooler

Workshop of Flaminio Fontana

Information about Wine Cooler

  • Year created: 1574
  • Creator: Workshop of Flaminio Fontana
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Dimensions: 40 cm x 62 cm x 71 cm
  • Collection: Ceramics
  • Gallery: Smoking Room

This monumental ceramic wine cooler, made in the renowned Fontana workshop in Urbino, Italy, in 1574, is infused with references to Classical Antiquity. The central scene depicts a Roman naval battle; the fantastical grotesque ornament is inspired by ancient Roman decoration. Probably made for Cosimo de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, it was an expensive acquisition for Sir Richard Wallace.

A sixteenth-century wine cooler decorated with Roman naval battle scenes

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A sixteenth-century wine cooler decorated with Roman naval battle scenes
C107, Wine Cooler, Workshop of Flaminio Fontana