Anichkov Palace, St-Petersburg Dr. F. Mannheimer collection, Amsterdam, sold in 1952 (together with the following identical pair)
A similar wine cooler by Martin-Guillaume Biennais, from the same service, is illustrated in : De Foelkersam, A., Inventaire de l'argenterie conservée dans les garde-meubles des Palais impériaux : Palais d'Hiver, Palais Anichkov et Château de Gatchino, Saint-Pétersbourg, 1907, pl. 54, n° 3
In overall very good condition.
Unusual size, possibly for vodka.
Very nice and original design. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."