The oval wine-cistern may on occasion have served as a jardiniere and is embellished in the Grecian or Pompeian manner with reeded columnettes. Gillows' earliest sketch for an oval lead-lined cistern features in their 1787 Estimate Sketch Book (see: L. Boynton, Gillow Furniture Designs 1760-1800, Royston, 1995, fig. 178).
A similar wine-cooler with a fluted cover, was formerly in the collection of the Earls of Stradbroke, Henham Hall, Suffolk. Interestingly Henham Hall was designed by James Wyatt in the 1790s. The Wyatt family were closely associated with the Gillow family.
A wine-cooler of this model, again with a fluted cover, was sold from the Montague Meyer family collection, in these Rooms, 24 April 1980, lot 57. It is illustrated in R. Edwards and P. Macquoid, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London, rev. ed., 1954, vol. I, p. 223, fig. 9. Another is illustrated in P. Macquoid, The Age of Satinwood, London, 1908, fig. 66.