Outstanding and Extremely Rare Two-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Elaborate Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "ROCKBRIDGE," Rockbridge Baths Pottery, circa 1845, tall, narrow pitcher with ovoid midsection, slightly-flared collar, and thick applied handle. Midsection decorated with a brushed undulating vine featuring five large tulips and numerous leaves. Spout flanked by wavy stripes of cobalt. Impressed across the front with the large maker's mark, "ROCKBRIDGE". Possibly made by Manhattan-trained potter, John Morgan (see Kurt C. Russ, "Exploring Western Virginia Potters," JESDA, Winter 1995). Exceptional form and size. One of the finest examples of Rockbridge County, Virginia, stoneware known, and perhaps the largest signed pitcher recorded. Provenance: A newly-discovered example, recently found in New Jersey. Excellent condition. A few minor base chips. In-the-firing crazing to surface, which does not extend through to interior. Staining from use to surface. Light wear along spout. H 14 3/4".
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