Jumbo wine cooler takes pride of place at Leeds’s historic Temple Newsam House

STATUS SYMBOL: Curator Polly Putnam, gives the cooler a light clean.

STATUS SYMBOL: Curator Polly Putnam, gives the cooler a light clean.

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It may take up a bit of room, but this huge wine cooler will still be given a place of honour at Leeds’s historic Temple Newsam House.

aptionThe massive silver cooler, which weighs in at a whopping 2,600 oz, has been bought by Leeds Museums and Galleries using cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund – thought to be around £2.5m.

The cooler was originally made by London goldsmith Philip Rollos for Lord Raby, Thomas Wentworth, back in 1705.

It was part of a large quantity of new silver provided by the-then Government for his diplomatic mission to Berlin.

Huge wine coolers were seen as the ultimate status symbol in the early 18th century and were packed with ice to keep bottles of wine cool during banquets and social occasions.

The cooler is one of only a few made in silver, with most being made in copper or brass.

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