Wine Cooler

Wine Cooler

Workshop of Flaminio Fontana

  • 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.

Sixteenth century wine cooler with sculpted and illustrated monsters and Roman battle scenes

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Sixteenth century wine cooler with sculpted and illustrated monsters and Roman battle scenes
C107, Wine Cooler, Workshop of Flaminio Fontana