10-Gallon Atwater, Ohio, Stoneware Water Cooler

October 30, 2004 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 41

Price Realized: $3,520.00

($3,200 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium)

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Monumental 10 Gallon Water Cooler with Artistic Slip-Trailed Flower Urn Decoration, Atwater, Ohio, circa 1875, large keg form decorated with numerous flowers blossoming from an open-handled urn. Decoration is quite large and accomplished with a very fine slip cup, and consists of budded flowerheads, open, daisy-like flowers, fern-like leaves, and thin grassy strokes. Urn is composed of a striped, tapering pot with ornately-curving, open handles. A large underlined "10" is painted in cobalt below the rim, and spigot is decorated with numerous cobalt dots. This piece was likely made by a New York trained potter who later moved to Ohio; the decoration on this cooler is strikingly similar to decorations found on John Burger pieces from Rochester, NY. It appears a spigot on the top surface of the cooler broke off during the firing. Some small chips on top edge. Spider lines on front of cooler. Height 21".

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