Outstanding Three-Gallon Stoneware Jar with Folk Art Cobalt Decoration of a Deer Holding a Tree Branch, Stamped "C. HART. & CO. / OGDENSBURGH," New York State origin, circa 1853-1858, ovoid jar with tooled shoulder, slightly-flared rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a large slip-trailed design of a running deer. Deer holds a tree branch or large leaf in its mouth, and is depicted with a turned head and body accented with spotted and wavy trails of cobalt. A wonderful and imaginative New York State deer design. Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example from a Maine collection assembled during the 1980's. Marlin G. Denlinger Stoneware Auctions, George & Helen van Kennen Collection, April 13, 1985. 3" x 1 3/8" flake on underside at edge, which appears to have occurred in-the-firing. Stone ping to underside. Small chip to exterior of rim. Small chip to interior of rim. H 12".