Rare Stoneware Floral Decorated Water Cooler with Open Handles, Baltimore, circa 1845

March 2, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 394

Price Realized: $2,520.00

($2,100 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Open-Handled Stoneware Water Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Baltimore, MD origin circa 1845, approximately two-gallon, baluster-form cooler with pronounced foot, ovoid body, tall cylindrical collar, and open strap handles. Front decorated with an elaborate floral design featuring fan-shaped blossoms extending from the bung hole. Reverse with similar decoration. Additional brushed flowers decorated collar on front and back. The form is highly unusual for Baltimore stoneware from this period, its design based on Parr and Remmey examples from a few decades earlier. Excellent decoration. Both handles restored. Significant restoration to cracks throughout. Additional reglued or filled pieces have been colored, including areas of the decoration on the front. Restored cracks on reverse, although decoration on reverse remains largely untouched.

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