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Pair of glass coolers
(Seaux à verre)

porcelain (soft-paste)
(a) 10.1 × 14.2 × 12.1 cm
(b) 10.8 × 14.0 × 12.2 cm
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Peter and Ivanka Canet, 2011
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
17th & 18th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

The seau à verre was an eighteenth-century tableware form associated with the dessert service. Intended for the cooling and rinsing of glasses, it was filled with water in which the glasses sat upside down. All wines were drunk chilled during this period, and larger seaux, like the Vincennes wine cooler, were produced for the cooling of wine bottles. The decoration on these seaux represents an amalgamation of Japanese kakiemon-style decorative motifs – including the banded hedge, the two quail and the three friends of winter (bamboo, plum and pine) – which would never have been combined on a genuine Japanese object.