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Water cooler

Maker:
Possibly Richard Franklin (Polk) Bell (1845–1908)
Date:
1870–90
Geography:
Made in Strasburg, Virginia, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Stoneware
Dimensions:
14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Robert W. de Forest, 1933
Accession Number:
34.100.166a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
This highly imaginative water cooler has dolphin handles and a finial in the form of a small boy; similar motifs can be found on other works by the Bell family. The delicate coggled pattern and the applied knobs, or barnacles, give the piece an extraordinary appearance.
Mrs. Robert W. de Forest, New York
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