Vintage Ice Buckets



2015-06-26 10:32:28

Vintage ice buckets are insulated containers used in the chilling or cooling of bottles.

History & Description

Ice buckets can come with or without a lid and are usually made of plastics or earthenware. The more valuable examples are produced in glass or silver.

There is evidence that the Roman Emperor Nero used them to cool wine in the first century. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, elegantly designed silver examples were used to chill wine and champagne for the aristocracy throughout Europe.

Guide for collectors

Records indicate that the most valuable examples of antique and vintage ice buckets are those made from silver and manufactured by noted companies such as Tiffany & Co., Harman & Co., Moser and Baccarat.

In addition, limited edition examples produced by twentieth century conceptualist artists like Peter Voulkos and Jeff Koons are also highly prized by collectors. For example, although not strictly vintage, a stainless silver ice bucket made by Jeff Koons in 1986 was sold through Phillips de Pury & Company in New York for a realised a price of $190,000.

Antique and vintage ice buckets are frequently sold through both national and international auction houses.

Notable auction sales

On April 12th 2012 at Rago Modern Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey, a thrown stoneware ice bucket, made by Peter Voulkos, dated 1979, realised a price of $20,000.

On May 31st 2008 at Time & Again Auction Gallery in Linden, New Jersey, a Russian silver ice bucket, dated 1894, realised a price of $7,000.

On November 6th 2008 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, a silver ice bucket made by Tiffany & Co., circa 1856-1860, realised a price of $6,500.

On April 16th 2011 at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, a silver ice bucket, made by Harman, circa 1911-1912, realised a price of $6,000.

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