Very Rare Henry H. Remmey, Philadelphia Stoneware Water Cooler w/ Elaborate Floral Decoration

March 14, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 402

Price Realized: $977.50

($850 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Five-Gallon Stoneware Water Cooler with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration and Original Air Hole, attributed to Henry H. Remmey, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1830, cylindrical cooler with rounded shoulder, thick pocket handles, and circular bunghole, the front decorated around the upper half with alternating garlands of daisies and swags, and further decorated below with a large daisy and an arching garland surrounding the heavily-decorated bunghole. Additional daisy garland decoration on reverse and cobalt highlights accenting the handle terminals. This recently-discovered cooler includes a highly-unusual original hole at the shoulder, presumably designed to allow air flow for easy pouring when the cooler held a lid. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, found among the contents of a Baltimore County, MD farm. Approximately 10" tight line extending from right side of cooler's front through middle of right handle and onto right side of cooler. A few base chips. A few small bloated spots to clay body, which occurred in the firing. A minor in-the-firing chip to bottom edge of bunghole. H 18 1/2".

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