Acquired from Patrick Sandberg Antiques, London, 2011.
A closely related 'cicular mahogany cistern neatly carved lined with lead and on castors' was supplied to Stephen Tempest for Broughton Hall, North Yorksire in 1813, the drawing of which is illustrated in the firm's Estimate Sketch Book of 1810 together with a rectangular version (see S. Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster and London, 1730-1840, China, p. 94, pl. 640).
In overall good restored condition and ready for use. Lead liner later and evidence of use as a jardiniere although Sotheby’s have not tested to see if water tight. Swivel action of top is smooth. Castors and blocks to underside possibly later. Generally with old marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Good colour and would function well as a jardiniere or wine cooler. "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."