Wine cooler

The ceramic  object has a Greek pattern.

Unglazed earthenware, enamel-painted, made at the Davenport factory, Staffordshire, about 1803-08

Coolers such as this one were used to chill bottles of wine either on or near the dinner table. This example, one of a pair, has been painted with figures inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics, with a Greek key pattern around the top.

Given by Joseph Mayer, 1867