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October 17: Stoneware & Redware Pottery.
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Price Realized: $2,587.50 ($2,250 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium).AUCTION HIGHLIGHT! (Nov. 6, 2010 Highlights)
Extremely Rare Stoneware Pitcher with Finely-Incised Floral Decoration, attributed to William Morgan or Morgan partnering with merchant Thomas Amos, Baltimore, MD, circa 1820, ovoid pitcher with rounded foot, ribbed handle, and thin rim molding, decorated along the collar and midsection with a delicately-incised motif of daisy heads joined by leafy vines. This decoration extends under the arc of the handle, and is interspersed with incised star-shaped blossoms. Excellent color with vivid cobalt against a light gray background of almost china-like clay, which Baltimore became known for. A remarkable example of early Baltimore stoneware, this pitcher is one of only a few examples from this city known with incised decoration. A similarly-decorated pitcher, incised "Morgan Maker," is in the collection of the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE. Provenance: Recently discovered in the Midwest. Small chip to right side of spout. Two base chips. H 8 3/4".
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