JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER, NY 5 Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Slip-Trailed Floral Decoration

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 1

Price Realized: $33,350.00

($29,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Important Five-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER," New York State origin, circa 1860, ovoid cooler with flared rim, applied lug handles, and applied circular bunghole at base. Front decorated with a highly-artistic, slip-trailed design of two daisies extending from large leaves at the base, with heavy slip-trailed highlights throughout. Bunghole intricately decorated with slip-trailed ovals. Slip-trailed "5" at shoulder. Very few water coolers by John Burger are known. This piece certainly exemplifies the high standards for which John Burger stoneware has become known with its the bold, heavily-detailed decoration, its skillful potting, and the superior color of both the cobalt and the clay ground that surrounds it. One of the finest examples of John Burger stoneware to be auctioned in years. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example and first-time public offering. Remarkable, excellent condition. H 15".

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