Alexandria and Washington, D.C. Stoneware Auction Highlights


J. SWANN / ALEXA (Alexandria, VA) Stoneware Jar w/ Incised Ship



The work of the stoneware potters of Alexandria, D.C. (later Alexandria, Virginia) is prized by collectors for its profuse cobalt floral decorations. Besides brushed designs heavily influenced by the nearby Baltimore potters, wild "slip-trailed" decorations rendered in fine detail were frequently employed under well-known potter B.C. Milburn's tenure. (A slip-trailed water cooler set the World Auction Record for Alexandria stoneware at our March 2008 auction.) Alexandria boasts a relatively large amount of maker's marks for its size--some very rare--and this adds to the collectibility of the sought-after stoneware from this town. Up the road in Washington, D.C., stoneware was primarily produced not far from the White House and Capitol, at 8th and I Streets NW, and it tends to be highly derivative of the Alexandria potters' work.
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