Rare Stoneware Holland Gin Cooler impressed HOL. GIN attrib Poughkeepsie, NY

July 20, 2013 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 9

Price Realized: $2,415.00

($2,100 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Double-Handled Stoneware Gin Cooler with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Impressed "HOL. GIN," attributed to William Nichols, Poughkeepsie, NY, circa 1820, approximately three or four gallon ovoid cooler with rounded spout, heavily-tooled shoulder, circular bung hole, and open handles applied at the shoulder; front decorated with a brushed cobalt flowering plant design with large blossom surrounding the impressed and cobalt-highlighted inscription "HOL, GIN," an abbreviation for "Holland Gin". Decoration and form indicate the maker as William Nichols of Poughkeepsie, NY. A fine and early form, and the first example of Nichols stoneware we have seen bearing this liquor slogan. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in New England. Approximately 4 1/2" curving crack extending from left side of cooler's spout. A spidering line to right side of shoulder extending from right side of cooler's spout. Iron ping to top of right handle. Small in-the-firing chip to reverse side of right handle. Some shallow chipping to base.

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