COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Batter Pail w/ Exceptional Floral Decoration

October 17, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 423

Price Realized: $3,450.00

($3,000 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding One-and-a-Half-Gallon Stoneware Batter Pail with Spotted Cobalt Foliate 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. Lavishly-decorated on the reverse with a fan-shaped floral design featuring heavily-spotted leaves flanking an oval bud with elaborate crosshatching. Front of pail with two fan-shaped foliate designs embellished with spots. Wreath motif at base of spout. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals, maker's mark, and capacity mark. Includes tin spout cover. This example is potted in a more-unusual, one-and-a-half-gallon size and features wonderful brushwork with strong folk art appeal. It is the only Cowden & Wilcox batter pail we have seen featuring this design. Damage to end of spout and a 1 1/2" hairline descending from spout. A shallow 1" chip to handle at base and a second small chip to handle at base. Some small rim chips on reverse. A small rim chip on front. H 10".

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