The original design source for these wine coolers is Jacques-François-Joseph Saly's Suite de Vases, a popular book of etchings dated 1746. A later engraving after Saly was part of a design source book belonging to Storr and Mortimer.
The Tritons forming the stem are reminiscent of earlier pieces made in the workshops of Paul Storr and Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, where John Flaxman, Edward Hodges Baily, and William Theed all worked as designers. It is likely, however, that the designer of these coolers is E. Hodges Baily as he left Rundell's along with Storr in 1820 and worked successfully for Storr, Storr and Mortimer, and Mortimer and Hunt.
A third and identical wine cooler was sold as part of the Hilmar Reksten Collection, Christie's London, May 22, 1991, lot 9.