An outstanding, large late 18th / turn of the 19th century burl wood bowl and dipper ladle from eastern North America. The wood species is elm with marvelous form structure and very attractive highly figured ring and swirl patterns together with fish eye clusters, a naturally occurring pattern caused by dormant buds. Unlike most 18th and 19th century wooden bowls which were turned on a lathe, burl wood is difficult to control. Large burly elm-wood bowls such as the one offered here had to be shaped by hand, a laborious and sometimes painstaking process.
The bowl is flat bottomed so that it will not wobble on a table, and the rim is notched to accommodate the spoon handle. The overall diameter 17.5 inches and the dipper ladle measures 15 inches long. The bowl measures just under 7 inches high.
Please note: other accessories are shown for scale only and are not included together with this item.
Condition: in excellent, original condition with prominent grain patterns and a spectacular surface patina.
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