Pair of Coalport English Imari Ice Pails



An altogether exquisite pair of Coalport Imari pattern ice pails beautifully hand-painted with panels showing a golden pheasant resting on lavender branches with red and orange flowers. The unexpected combination of the lavender with the orange is a wonderful addition to the traditional Imari colors of iron red, blue and green. Between the scenes are panels with cobalt blue ground and rich gold accents. The gilding also covers the scrolled finger grip handles, and the finial which is in the form of two twigs meeting at a point.

The ice pails were made at the very beginning of the 19th century, 1800-1805.


H 11 in. x Dm 8.5 in.






Ice pails were also called fruit coolers. They were the 18th and 19th century equivalent of today’s ice cream maker. Traditionally placed on the sideboard in the dining room. The base was filled with ice. The liner contained cream and occasionally cut fruit. Additional ice was placed on the high walled cover. At the end of the meal the Hostess would serve the guests iced cream.


The form can be found on the cover of Michael Messenger’s “Coalport 1795-1926”.

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