Thakeham Furniture

July 21, 2012

Gentleman’s Drinks Cabinet

The term ‘cellaret’ came into use in c. 1750 to describe cases and receptacles to contain wine. Originally, they were placed under sideboards, which back then were in the form of side tables (lacking the cupboards below). The earliest form is the octagon shape, which were lined with lead, with partitions for bottles. Later sideboards were fitted with cellaret drawers, however the restrictive space for bottles often meant that separate units were required.


By the late 18th century cellarets had become increasingly popular, and in some cases were of considerable size. An example of an unusual size is this George IV pedestal cellaret. A fantastic piece of furniture; the cellaret creates the perfect drinks cabinet with plenty of room for bottles, glasses and ice.



In superb original condition, it features a removable ice tray in the top drawer, a cupboard below, and a lead lined bottle holder in the bottom drawer. The pretty gadrooning on the top provides it with an elegant touch of detail and the neat panelled drawers tidily store away the original lead lined interiors.


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