Outstanding Two-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Decoration of a Goateed Man, Inscribed "Bill Plifferson / Roseville," Ohio origin, circa 1860-1880, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder and rounded rim, cobalt-decorated with a brushed folk art design of a man with goatee and buttoned coat, pointing at a cobalt "2," which is flanked by hanging fruit or flower buds. The name "Bill Plifferson" underscored by the city name "Roseville" is inscribed in cobalt below the human figure. Note the reversed S's in "Plifferson" and "Roseville". Crock is additionally impressed "2" on reverse. An exceptional figural design with superb color. Interesting use of the decoration in literally "pointing out" the capacity of the vessel. Provenance: Found approximately fifteen years ago in the wall of a delapidated house in Ohio, and never offered for sale since that time. CONDITION UPDATE: 5" thin crack from rim. Otherwise mint condition. H 9 3/8".
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