Extremely Rare Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Decoration and Snake Handle, attributed to the Fulper Pottery, Flemington, NJ, late 19th century, half-gallon ovoid pitcher with rounded foot and heavily-decorated spurred handle in the form of a snake with incised face. Front cobalt-decorated with crossed birds atop a stump with grasses below. Both sides decorated with a basket brimming with flowers, leaves, and dotted trails. Reverse with wreath surrounding the base of the handle. Shoulder molding highlighted in cobalt and embellished with incised punchwork. The surface of this pitcher is covered in a yellowish Bristol-slip-type glaze with overlying applied cobalt decoration. The iridescence of the glaze when held in the light suggests it may be lead-based. One of the most ambitiously-decorated examples of Fulper stoneware known. The highly decorative nature of this pitcher, including the crossed birds, suggest it may have been made as a presentation item, perhaps to celebrate an anniversary. Rim chip. Small spout chip with 2" line extending from it. 1 3/4" line from rim with small nick out of surface. H 8".
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