Outstanding Large-Sized Stoneware Inkwell w/ Elaborate Slip-Trailing, att. John B. Caire, Poughkeepsie, NY, c1840

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 146

Price Realized: $6,900.00

($6,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding and Very Rare Large-Sized Master Inkwell with Profuse Slip-Trailed Cobalt Decoration, attributed to Jacob B. Caire, Poughkeepsie, NY, circa 1840, cylindrical form with beaded foot and rim, the top surface with circumferential banding, recessed central opening, and five quill holes. Top surface of inkwell with lavish slip-trailed decoration, including stars surrounding the quill holes interspersed with fern-like trails, dots bordering the ink hole and edge of the top, and heavy scalloped drape motifs around the exterior wall. This wonderful piece is a true master of the inkwell form in both size and decoration, being one of the largest and most heavily-decorated examples we are aware of. The distinctive decoration and color indicate it was made at the Jacob Caire Pottery in Poughkeepsie, New York. It ranks as arguably the finest American stoneware inkwell to come to auction in years. Restored 1 3/8" x 1" chip to edge. Other small, unobtrusive edge chips. H 2 5/8" ; Diameter 7 3/4".

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