Pair of 19th Century Fireclay Urns from Michael Douglas Former Estate
Stamped J&M Craig, Perceton, Kilmarnock on the base of one, this rare pair of fireclay urns dates to the late 19th century and was made in Scotland. Featuring elaborate acanthus-leaf decorated bowls and socles, and serpentine reeded bases, they are in in excellent overall condition for their age, with a few minor chips to the rims of the bowls. Acquired from the former Beverly Hills Estate of Michael and Deandra Douglas, they would make a stunning focal point at the entrance to a formal garden. Fireclay is the hardest of all terracotta, as it was fired at extremely high temperatures and is durable in cold climates, although the bowls should be emptied and covered at the end of each season. Magnificent alone, or raised up high on our tall pair of English carved Yorkstone pedestals Stock # SPE 1021 (see photo #10), these urns would be stunning potted up with a profuse planting of annuals or simple boxwood balls. Established circa 1828, J&M Craig produced some of the most beautiful fireclay urns of the 19th century, although few are to be found today, especially in this condition. Interior dimensions of planting bowl: 23 inches diameter x 11 inches high. The feet measure 14 7/8 inches square. Please note that the urns are sold separately from the pedestals, but for reference, together, the urns and pedestals measure 60.5 inches high x 18 inches square.
Scotland, CA 1880.
H: 30.5 in (77 cm) D: 31 in (79 cm)
Price: $13,750, the pair
Ref: CUR 1073