Stoneware, cobalt oxide
Overall: 18 x 11 1/2 in. ( 45.7 x 29.2 cm )
incised: by hand on keg top: "Oliver Dubois / Zanesville Ohio / Sept. 11 1821 / Price $200"
Salt-glazed stoneware keg or cooler (for water or liquor) with incised mark on top; elaborately decorated with incised and cobalt blue painted fish, bird, and leaves.
Potter Oliver Dubois was born in New York and likely trained there before moving west to Ohio. By 1819, he was in partnership with George Kinsey in Zanesville, manufacturing "Stone & Queens-Ware." Dubois did not remain long in Zanesville and was living in New Orleans by 1850.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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