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Water cooler

1998.678A-C (RS22855)

Description

Liverpool cooler on stand, Neo-Grec decoration black on orange; Greek key band around rim of stand, lid and body of cooler; black banded decoration with griffins and faces; raised rope-like bands around neck.

Details

Label
Used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: Water bottles of all sorts became a staple of the ceramics industry from the middle of the nineteenth century until the end. Unglazed terra cotta bottles like these could be soaked, and the subsequent evaporation helped the contents stay cool.The style of these water coolers reflects the eclectic taste of their day. Their overall shape is suggestive of exotic Middle Eastern forms. The bottle decorated with a black painted band of griffins and grotesques bordered by Greek keys is classical; the beautifully painted fern leaves is a more naturalistic, perhaps Asian-influenced, design.
Maker
unknown
Date
1860-1890
Inscriptions
Imprinted and painted on bottom of cooler: ""714/B/2"" and ""3/2750""
Associated Building
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.).
Material
earthenware
painting (coating)
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels
Places
England (United Kingdom) [country]
Descriptive terms
Cooler, Water
earthenware
painting (coating)
Vessel, Drink Serving
water coolers
Dimensions
11 1/4 (H), 5 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1998.678A-C
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
GUSN
19825

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