Rare COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jar w/ Elaborate Bird-on-Branch

March 23, 2019 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 348

Price Realized: $5,310.00

($4,500 hammer, plus 18% buyer's premium)

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Rare and Fine Two-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Elaborate Cobalt Bird-in-Branch Motif, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA", circa 1865, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a brushed design of a bird with cobalt-highlighted and spotted and striped details to wing, perched in the crook of a branch. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark, capacity mark, and handle terminals. The bird's cobalt-highlighted head and delicate, leafy branches surrounding the figure set this jar apart from most Harrisburg bird-decorated pieces. Two thin cracks from rim on front, measuring 4 1/2" and 3 1/2". A small chip and tiny in-the-firing iron ping to left handle. A small in-the-firing chip and minor wear to right handle. A faint Y-shaped surface line near base on reverse, not visible on interior. Some light staining.

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