A pattern for a related sideboard-pedestal, embellished with a hollow-cornered panel and supporting a lidded wine-krater vase with fluted rim, is featured in Thomas Malton's Compleat Treatise on Perspective, 2nd ed., 1778, pl.XXXIV, fig.129. The use of the vases 'to hold water for the use of the butler, or iced water for drinking' is discussed in Messrs A. Hepplewhite & Co's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, 1788 (pls. 35 and 36).
A cut-corner embossed pedestal appears on a 1767 design for a 'Tub on pedestal' in Gillows Estimate Sketch Book as reproduced here (see L. Boynton, ed., Gillow Furniture Designs, 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig.187), while the flame finial features on a later urn design by the firm dated 1788 (ibid, fig.176). The same bacchic lion-mask handles feature on a pair of pedestal-supported vases in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (D. Fitz-Gerald, Georgian Furniture, London, 1969, no.92, inv. no. W.38-1934) and another pair sold by T.C. Litler-Jones, Esq. Christie's London, 14 December 1967, lot 167. The latter pair was formerly at Lulworth Castle, Dorset. These same mounts were used by Thomas Chippendale and appear on various wine coolers supplied by his firm to Dumfries and Paxton (see C.Gibert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, New York, 1978, vol.II, figs.120-122). A similar pair of urns and pedestals was sold as part of the Coke Collection from Jenkyn Place, Christie's London, 17 October 1996, lot 35 (£33,350).