Qing dynasty, 18th/19th Century, the top with two zitan boards each pierced with coin-shaped apertures that allow cooling vapors to escape from the pewter-lined interior, the sides of the box carved with three rows of alternating archaistic shou characters partitioned by brass banding and with double brass handles on opposite sides, the stand similarly-carved with alternating shou characters on the apron and lion masks at the knees above paw feet joined by stretchers Ice boxes of this type were primarily used as an 'air-conditioner' of sorts: cooling vapors from the ice-filled interior would escape through the apertures on the top and then fanned in the direction of the owner. Compare with the ice boxes in Gustav Ecke, Chinese Domestic Furniture, Tokyo, 1979, no. 29, p. 41; and one attributed to the early 17th century, in Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, Chinese Furniture, Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch'ing Dynasties, New York, 1970, no. 147, p. 231
h. 31 w. 24-1/2 d. 24-1/2 in.