England, c1760, possibly by Gillows*








In the manner of Thomas Chippendale, the oval body with vertical staves bound by upper and lower wide brass

bands and having lion’s mask ring handles; raised on a conforming oval stand above four square molded

splayed legs with C-scroll brackets; tin liner; early if not original finish; originally on casters


*Note : A virtually identical wine cistern was supplied by Gillows as a part of a large consignment of dining room

furniture for Williams Hasell or Penrith, in 1774 (ref. S. E, Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London 1730-1840,

Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2008, Vol. 1, p. 307, pl. 337-340).  The same lion masks were used by the firm for dining room urns. 

The mounts were also used by Thomas Chippendale on two pairs of wine coolers supplied to the 5th Earl of

Dumfries, for Dumfries House, Scotland, in 1759 and 1763, respectively (ref. C/ Gilbert,

The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, 1978, Vol II, p. 78, fig 121).

The first pair appears in an invoice dated 5 May 1759, as:

 “Two large mahogany oval cisterns wt. Brass hoops and handles….4—(C. Gilbert op .cit., Vol. I, p. 138). 

The second pair was ordered along with other furnishings after the Earl’s second marriage to Anne,

daughter of William Duff of Crombie, 1762."


Provenance : Christie’s New York, 1421, Important English Furniture Including The Paley Collection  ,October 14, 2004, lot 196;

David H. Wilson, Teaneck NJ

David H. Wilson (1949-2011) was one of this country's leading connoisseurs in 17th and 18th century British furniture.  He served as a consultant, appraiser and restorer for Sotheby’s and Christies, as well as leading dealers and collectors in New York, London, and throughout the United States.  Mr. Wilson was also instrumental in vetting many major collections for authenticity.  After a long and valiant battle with cancer Mr. Wilson died in February 2011.   M. Ford Creech Antiques, whose furniture acquisitions Mr. Wilson has directed since January 2009, is offering for sale part of his furniture collection, each piece being chosen for a very unique and captivating quality - and each "exactly right".  Mr. Wilson never chose to impress - more to delight his own impeccable eye, his sense of grace, history - and humor.

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Condition : Excellent


23.25” High x 24” Wide x 16” Deep






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George III Brass Bound Wine Cellaret on Stand

England, c1765,





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 George II /  III Brass-Bound Mahogany Cellaret, England, c1760, possibly by Gillows, in the manner of Thomas Chippendale