A pair of unusual George III mahogany urns, or cisterns

A pair of George III mahogany urns, or cisterns
the urns stands on a square cross banded and strung base, each with a pair of fluted bronze handles terminating in an acanthus leaf, both lead lined
English, circa 1790-1800 67cm
H, 40cm W, 31cm D.

This very attractive pair of urns were designed as a pair of water cisterns, they would have originally stood on a pair of pedestal bases, a tap would have issued from through the stem and out of the base, the urns would be used for iced water for drinking and hot water for washing silver. They are lacking their lids, but none the less they are a very good looking pair of urns and being lead lined would work very well as jardinieres.



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