Pair of Berlin Covered Sorbet Jars or Coolers


A rare and magnificent pair of Berlin Ice-Pails, Covers and Liners on triangular stands.

Circa 1820

Printed iron-red eagle and K.P.M. marks, blue sceptre marks, one ice-pail with pale-brown O and incised triangle, the other ice-pail and the stands with iron-red triangle marks.

The ice-pails composed of four parts – the vessel proper, liner, cover and stand.   The cylindrical vessels mounted on three scrolled feet, standing on a triangular, fluted base with truncated angles.   The covers curved concavely with gilt foliage on a pink ground, and knobs in the form of pine-cones.   The stands, feet and edges of the cylinders are decorated with burnished and matt gilding with key-pattern and classical ornamentation.

The stands also with gilt foliage on a pink ground.   The gilt borders to the liners with burnished foliage on a matt ground.

The cylindrical vessels painted with continuous panoramic scenes of numerous figures skating and sledging in river landscapes with windmills, a tavern, horsemen, dogs and trees, between gilt bands engraved with overlapping leaves.

13½ in. (34.3 cm) high overall.  Pails (with covers) 11½ in (29.2 cm) high, the stands 7½ in (19 cm) wide.

The continuous landscape decoration is of a quality of invention and execution without parallel at the Berlin factory.   Snow and skating scenes are extremely rare.

Two ice-pails of this shape in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg are illustrated by Köllman/Jarchow op.cit. (1987), p. 459, pl. 306; another pair are part of the Wellington service at Apsley House, London.  See:  The Prussian Service, The Duke of Wellington’s Berlin Dinner Service by Winfried Baer & Ilse Baer, p.49, pl. 1, p.72 and p.73.  Ill. 14 & 15 & 16; p.78, pl.7.


Item No. 480

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