Exceedingly Rare PARR & BURLAND / BALTIMORE Stoneware Cooler (1815-1821)

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 113

Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Exceedingly Rare Four-Gallon Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Water Cooler, Stamped "PARR & BURLAND / BALTIMORE," David Parr, Sr. and James Burland, Baltimore, MD, circa 1815-1821, ovoid cooler with heavily-tooled foot, raised tab handles, semi-squared rim, and circular bunghole applied at the base below the spout. Shoulder decorated with a horizontal slip-trailed design of stylized flowers and leaves above a hanging floral motif emanating from a wavy cobalt stripe. Cobalt highlights to handle terminals and bunghole. The rarity of this form for the time period is evidenced by the intriguing placement of the bunghole on the side of the vessel. This cooler is important in its maker and highly important in its age. Few examples are known bearing its stamp, which is the only maker's mark used by the influential Baltimore potter, David Parr, Sr. Parr's vessel forms and floral motifs, produced slightly later in his career, would affect the style of stoneware produced in the Mid-Atlantic and South for decades to come. Dating circa 1815-1821, this work carries the distinction of being the earliest signed stoneware cooler produced in the American South to be documented. Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Kille, "Distinguishing Marks and Flowering Designs," Ceramics in America 2005, fig. 33. One handle with a long, shallow flake with additional chipping. Numerous small base chips. A 1 1/4" shallow, in-the-firing flake to bunghole. A minor, in-the-firing rim chip. A few in-the-firing contact marks to surface, including a 1 1/8" in-the-firing surface flake to shoulder area. H 16 1/2".

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