Exceptional Oversized Stoneware Storefront Water Cooler for Toledo, OH Liquor Dealer, circa 1890

Summer 2023 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 87

Price Realized: $21,600.00

($18,000 hammer, plus 20% buyer's premium)

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Outstanding Oversized Incised-and-Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Storefront Cooler with Toledo, OH Liquor Dealer Advertising, OH origin, probably Akron, circa 1890, massive, cylindrical jug-form cooler with circular bunghole, tooled shoulder, and open handles descending from the spout to the shoulder; surface profusely-decorated with an incised and cobalt-highlighted inscription carved with an unusually deep and wide stylus, featuring the inscription, "F. BEHR. / "IMPORTERS / AND / DEALERS IN / DOMESTIC / WINES / AND / LIQUORS." The name "F. BEHR," features an appealing diagonal orientation within banner-like scrollwork flanked by sunrise motifs. A three petaled floral motif decorates the shoulder of the vessel. This flower, as well as the sunrise designs flanking the banner, have an intentionally rough-carved, textured surface. A faint recessed band around the upper body of the jug indicates this piece was thrown in two sections and joined. Easily noticeable by its monumental proportions and large, cobalt-highlighted font, this masterwork was clearly meant to be displayed as a ceramic trade sign in the storefront window of Frederick Behr's wine and liquor store in Toledo, Ohio. Of particular note is the extreme depth and height of the incising on this piece, essentially unknown in American stoneware production. One handle professionally restored. Otherwise excellent condition with a small in-the-firing flake to interior of bunghole and a small in-the-firing flake to shoulder. H 26 1/2".

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