Fine COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Batter Pail w/ Grapes and Floral Decoration

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 422

Price Realized: $5,175.00

($4,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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One-Gallon Stoneware Batter Pail with Elaborate Cobalt Grapes and Floral Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865, ovoid form with tubular pouring spout, handle at base on reverse, and applied clay ears with wood-and-wire bail handle. Decorated on the reverse with a bough bearing two clusters of grapes extending from a vine with leaves and corkscrewing tendrils. Heavily-decorated on the front with two Harrisburg-style spitting tulips flanking a wreath design around the base of the spout. Additional brushed leaf below. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals and maker's mark. Includes reproduction tin covers. This outstanding example includes strong decoration on both sides in the form of two popular Cowden & Wilcox motifs. While the majority of Cowden & Wilcox batter pails succumbed to some form of damage from use, most commonly to the spout, this examples survives in exceptional, near-flawless condition. Excellent condition with a minor rim nick, minor wear to shoulder molding, and a minor nick to base, which appears to be in-the-firing. H 9 3/4".

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