New England, ca. last quarter, 18th century. Maple, with thickly applied early dark green paint. Crisply turned by an accomplished wood worker, with incised lines of decoration near the rim, and a lower "knop" above a stepped base. Excellent condition with good shrinkage yet no cracks. Rich patina to the maple. Beautiful form. Impressively tall at about 6 3/8 inches x 3 3/4 diameter. Spills were typically tightly wound plant material, or textile scraps, used to transfer flame from one source to another, as in lighting a candle from the hearth. In-hand this is a special object that would thrill the collector of early American treen/woodenware. Provenance includes the American Folk Art Museum.
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