Exquisite and Exceedingly Rare Colonial Broad-Rimmed Burl Deep Serving Dish
New England, ca. 1720-1740.
Ash burl. Of impressive size, masterfully lathe-turned with a dramatic broad-rim, relating to pewter examples of the period. While most burl bowls were utilitarian in nature, this serving dish stands out with its refined form, meant not only to be functional but to be prominently displayed and admired, and served from at the table.
Excellent condition with delightful undulation to the bowl and rim. High polish/burnish to the shellac surface. The interior bears intriguing stains, including what appear to be traces of ink, and a small split (or cut) to the rim’s edge, all bearing witness to its usage. About 16 ½ inch diameter x 3 ½ deep.
Provenance: From the 1950s to the 1970s the Ohio collection of Catherine Wiltsie. In the 70’s, it was purchased from the legendary New York dealer Henry Coger, likely at the East Side Show, by the interior designer Maggie Cohen, known for her discerning taste and inter-mixing of design periods. The dish remained in Cohen's collection for at least 45 years. Coger was a distinguished antiquarian and folk art dealer, renowned for his impeccable eye for quality and beauty.
One of the most elegant turned bowls, and remember, turned on a slow lathe approaching three centuries ago. Owning this piece would be a privilege for the connoisseur or collector of fine antiques.