This sarcophagus wine-cellaret is conceived in the manner of a Grecian cippus altar. The unusual combination of palm-flowered acroteria guarding a triumphal domed canopy relates to designs by the distinguished architect Sir John Soane (1753-1847), such as the roof of the De Loutherbourg Tomb, at St. Nicholas's Churchyard, Chiswick which has acroteria flanking a domed pediment (illustrated in P. Dean. Sir John Soane and London, Hampshire, 2006, pp. 148 and 177). The same motif also features as part of the domed canopy which is the cresting to the Mausoleum of Sir Francis Bourgeois (1756-1811) and Noel Desenfans (1744-1807) at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, 1811-12.
A nearly identical cellaret was sold anonymously, Sotheby's, London, 12 February 1999, lot 149. Another closely related example was offered anonymously, Christie's, New York, 19 June 1987, lot 189.