A George III Mahogany Cellaret & Dumbwaiter

A George III Mahogany Cellaret & Dumbwaiter
Height: 63 ¾” 161cm
Width: 21 ¼” 54cm
Depth: 21 ¼” 54cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1770

This exceptionally rare piece is unprecedented in our time in the business.  It is a wonderful example of a cabinet maker’s imagination and his mastery of both materials and technique.

Standing on four ogee bracket feet, the bombe shaped base has three drawers, one of which is a lead lined cellaret, below three stepped tiers, each with arch shaped doors that open downwards, and surmounted by an octagonal cup with removable cover.

The inclusion of a lead lined cellaret to cool the wine indicates that this piece was to facilitate drinking, presumably without the staff around, hence referring to it as a dumb waiter.   With the doors opened, the series of arches created rather invokes thoughts of temples, perhaps in this case one dedicated to Bacchus?


Jean Stein, February 9, 1934 – April 30, 2017. A renowned journalist and oral historian, Stein brought together fascinating people in legendary salon-like gatherings.

Free world wide shipping