The oval cistern is richly carved in the 'Robert Adam' manner of the 1770s with husk-festooned urns and patterae, and bacchic ram monopodiae with paired legs.
A.C.J. Wall was a Birmingham industrialist who formed his collection in the years immediately before and after the Second World War. His collection was of a more eclectic type than those of his many contemporaries who were influenced by the writings of R.W. Symonds. Wall's collection included the Sheffield Park dining-chairs (sold Christie's New York, 12 October 1996, lot 71), a carved mahogany commode from the same group as the Raynham Hall commode and a pair of library armchairs from a set with dolphin arm-terminals and feet. His pair of armchairs is illustrated in the first edition of The Dictionary of English Furniture.