Large Ovoid Ohio Stoneware Water Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Decoration

November 3, 2012 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 325

Price Realized: $2,185.00

($1,900 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Large-Sized Stoneware Water Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Ohio origin, probably Mogadore, mid 19th century, approximately ten-gallon, baluster-form cooler with squared rim, the front decorated with a bold and extravagant flowering tulip plant extending from the bung hole. Decoration includes tulip blossoms, which are several inches long, and dotted leaves. Additional flowering plant design on side of cooler. Excellent size and form, with some of the largest and finest freehand brushwork we have seen on a piece of Ohio stoneware. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, found in Pennsylvania. Circular molding around bung hole missing, possibly during the firing. 6" Y-shaped surface line on side of cooler, not visible on interior. 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangular in-the-firing contact mark on right side of cooler with some residual pieces of clay. Tight Y-shaped line on underside, continuing 2 1/2" up base. Abrasion to side of jug, possibly in the firing. H 19 1/2".

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