Fine 4 Gal. COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA Stoneware Cake Crock w/ Large Bird-in-Wreath Decoration

Fall 2020 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 220

Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.  A Note About Estimates

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Rare and Fine Four-Gallon Stoneware Cake Crock with Cobalt Bird-in-Wreath Decoration, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a bird featuring a spotted and striped wing and raised feet, perched inside a boldly-brushed wreath. Brushed "4" to shoulder. Cobalt highlights to maker's mark and capacity mark. Outstanding figural decoration with crisp brushwork, excellent color, and rare form. A thin 6" crack from rim on right side of crock. A 5 1/4" hairline to right of decoration, extending approximately 4 1/2" onto underside. A 1 3/8" line to rim on far left side of crock's front. A 6" hairline from rim on reverse. A very faint, approximately 3" curved surface line at base on reverse, not visible on interior. A chip to interior of rim. A minor chip to exterior of rim on reverse. Two tiny chips to exterior of rim. Interior of rim with a shallow 5/8" flake and two minor nicks. Some light areas of fry to cobalt. Some light staining. H 10 3/4" ; Diam. 12".

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