The term "Sewer Tile Art" refers to decorative items fashioned from clay that would have been used to make sewer pipes and drainage tiles. The practice began around 1880 when out-of work potters found employment in the sewer tile factories. They were allowed to use the leftover clay for their creative side.
This stately bull is both a rare form and very rare size, measuring 20" long x 13" tall x 7 1/4" wide and weighing in at 25 pounds. He is made from red clay with a coarse texture and traditional sewer tile glaze. His four legs are truncated and finished off with carved wooden legs and feet (the front two being replacements). The horns are carved from the same exotic wood as the legs.
Unlike the majority of Sewer Tile Art found today, this bull is a free form design with a wonderful sense of size and weight.
His condition is very good with minor losses to the ears and rump. He had an applied tail, likely of wood to match the legs and horns, that is missing.
This was purchased from the estate of the James William Denver family, near Cincinnati, Ohio. Retired Colonel Denver was the Governor of the Territory of Kansas when the capital of the newly formed state of Colorado was founded and it took his name for its capital.