Water cooler

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1860-1890

GUSN

GUSN-19820

Description

Liverpool cooler on stand; unglazed earthenware over painted with fern decoration; Greek key border around plate and neck of cooler; green and gold circular band also around neck of cooler.

Details

Descriptive Terms

water coolers
earthenware
painting (coating)
Vessel, Drink Serving
Cooler, Water
Cooler, Water

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.

Associated Building

Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

11 1/2 (H), 5 3/4 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker

Accession Number

1998.673A-C

Places

England (United Kingdom) [country]