Exceptional COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Jug w/ Cobalt Bird and Grapes Motif

Summer 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 319

Price Realized: $15,600.00

($13,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Exceptional Four-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Bird and Grapes Motif, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865, semi-ovoid jug with tapered spout, decorated with a boldly-brushed design of a bird with raised leg, perched on a grape vine while feeding on a leaf, with cluster of grapes below. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark, capacity mark, and handle terminals. This jug features a desirable large size, outstanding decoration combining two iconic Cowden motifs, and some of the best color that we have seen on a piece of Central Pennsylvania stoneware. Provenance: Ex-collection of Pennsylvania folk artist, Bill Rank. This jug was used as the subject for his theorems. A 1 1/2" chip to side of spout. Otherwise excellent condition.

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