Outstanding Large Stoneware Bank with Applied Grapes and Grape Leaves

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 316

Price Realized: $460.00

($400 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Oversized Salt-Glazed Stoneware Bank with Applied and Cobalt-Highlighted Grape Vine Decoration, probably Midwestern origin, late 19th century, ovoid bank with squared finial and carved horizontal slot in shoulder, the surface profusely-decorated with a hand-modeled clay grape vine, including three large bunches of grapes and several leaves. Grape clusters, leaves, and top of finial, highlighted in cobalt slip. The size of this bank suggests it may have served as a fundraising bank, perhaps at a fair or convention, and not as a personal object. The colors of the clay and cobalt are similar to products produced in New Ulm, Minnesota, and this bank may have been produced there or elsewhere in the Midwestern U.S. Excellent applied decoration. The largest salt-glazed stoneware bank we have seen. Professional restoration, including significant restoration to leaves, some restoration to vine, and some restoration to top edge of finial. H 9 1/2".

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