Monumental 12 Gal. Western PA Stoneware Water Cooler w/ Elaborate Floral Decoration

July 16, 2016 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 265

Price Realized: $7,475.00

($6,500 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Monumental and Possibly Unique Twelve-Gallon Stoneware Jug Cooler with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, attributed to Alexander P. Donaghho or possibly Donaghho & Beale, Fredericktown, PA, circa 1860, extremely-large, ovoid jug with finely-formed spout, open strap handles, and circular bunghole accented with impressed screw heads; the front decorated with lavish undulating vine motifs bearing large tulip blossoms and graduated swags culminating in a series of spots. Incised "12" at shoulder. Floral-shaped brushwork to the handle terminals. This outstanding sculptural piece exhibits remarkable potting skill and is possibly the largest jug-form cooler from the state of Pennsylvania known. Its distinctive brushwork on the body and handle terminals indicate it was made by Alexander P. Donaghho during his early tenure in Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, possibly while in partnership with A.P. Beale. Literature: For a signed "DONAGHHO & BEALE" jar bearing this distinctive Western Pennsylvania floral variant, see Schaltenbrand, Big Ware Turners, p. 172. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased by the consignor's grandfather during the mid 20th century. One handle professionally-restored. Shallow chipping to base. H 27 3/4".

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