This oval wine-cistern, with reeded baluster legs and fluted lid relates to a number of well known examples that are attributable to Gillows and include an example from the collection of Mr. W. Meyer illustrated in R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev. ed., 1954, vol. I, p. 223, that subsequently sold from the Montague Meyer Family Collection, Christie's London, 24 April 1980, lot 57. Gillows' earliest sketch for an oval lead-lined cistern features in their 1787 Estimate Sketch Book (see L. Boynton, Gillows Furniture Designs: 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig. 178).