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On View Louise du Pont Crowninshield Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Ice cream cooler, about 1790
  • Porcelain
  • China
  • H: 11 in, W: 10 1/4 in, D: 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mrs. George T. Bissell, in memory of Mr. George P. Bissell, Jr., 2000
  • AE85767.25A-C


This form, commonly and erroneously known as a 'fruit cooler,' was made to serve ice cream in the late 18th century. Each server consists of three separate pieces: base which holds ice; a shallow bowl for the ice cream; and a cover with a vertical rim which holds additional ice. These jars are part of a 178-piece service of porcelain.This ice cream cooler is a part of a dinner service in the sepia palette with a central medallion of a castle and bridge in the landscape and Empire border of black stylized scrolls with alternating gilt tree motifs.