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Wine Warmer

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Culinary Technique: heat transfer

Date: 1900–1960

Location: China

Dimensions: 5.5" h x 8" w x 3.75" d

Charcoal heated the water that surrounded the inner cylinder of this brass vessel to warm a vial of wine. The wine vial was made of porcelain, glass, or metal. Hot water poured through the spout as from a teapot, and steam and smoke rose through the vented lid. Notice the delicate engraving of a scene in a bamboo grove where robed men view a scroll.