Rare COWDEN & WILCOX Stoneware Batterpail with Grapes and Bird Decoration

July 21, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 305

Price Realized: $14,950.00

($13,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Batter Pail with Profuse Cobalt Decoration of a Bird Holding a Flower and Double Grape Bunches, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865, ovoid pail with tall collar and pouring spout, decorated on the front with two bunches of grapes flanking the spout, along with wreath-like brushwork around the base of the spout and cobalt swags under the maker's mark. Reverse with decoration of a long-tailed bird perched on a leafy branch, holding a flower in its beak. A truly remarkable example of Cowden & Wilcox stoneware. Highly unusual combination of the firm's bird and grapes decorations on a rare form. Provenance: A recently-discovered example, which descended in a Central Pennsylvania family since its manufacture. Excellent condition. An in-the-firing stone ping on reverse. Faint line and tiny chip in handle located at base on reverse. H 8 1/4".

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