1562-1575 ca. Wine Cooler With a Pageant Battle with Elephants, Italian.
Maiolica, or tin-glazed earthenware, from the workshop of the Fontana family. 1553-1580.
Coolers were set near the table on a credenza or sideboard, visible to diners and within easy reach of servants. They are designed to be viewed from any side, but especially from above when empty. When not in use, coolers remained in place to convey the owner’s refined taste and, due to the relatively inexpensive medium, personal modesty.via Metropolitan Museum New York City, U.S.A. metmuseum.org