Very Rare Stoneware Water Cooler w/ Bird Decoration, "Miner's Water Pot," probably Summit County, OH

Summer 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 259

Price Realized: $780.00

($650 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Stoneware Water Cooler with Cobalt Bird and Floral Decorations, Inscribed "Miner's Water Pot," probably Summit County, OH, mid 19th century, ovoid cooler with thick, circular bunghole, heavily-tooled, flaring collar, and rope-twist handles, brush-decorated on the front with a spot-accented floral motif below the freehand inscription, "Miner's Water / pot." Incised "MINER" below. Reverse decorated with a brushed design of a crested bird atop a similar floral motif. Additional spotted floral motifs below handles. While the word "Miner" may refer to the mining industry, it likely refers to a member of the Minier / Miner family of potters active in Summit County from about the 1830's onwards. Lawrence Minier, the patriarch of that family who migrated to Ohio from Pennsylvania, appears as Lawrence "Miner" in both the 1840 and 1850 federal censuses, working in Springfield Township, Summit County, Ohio. Beautiful form, rare inscription, and folky brushwork. One handle restored. Exfoliation to exterior surface. Some exfoliation to interior. Large chips to rim. Large cracks in underside, four of which extending partway up body of cooler. Large flakes to underside. Two base chips. H 15 1/2".

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