October 30, 2004 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 9

Price Realized: $6,600.00

($6,000 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare 1/2 Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Heavy Cobalt Decoration, Stamped "MILLER & DAVISON / STRASBURG, VA," circa 1879-1881, small stoneware pitcher with sloping foot and collar molding, with freehand floral decoration extending vertically up the front. Decoration consists of a two-stemmed clover plant with fern-like leaves that are connected at the base. Collar also decorated with brushwork at the spout, and handle decorated with blue circles at the terminals. According to H.E. Comstock"s The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, the partnership of "Miller & Davison" (George W. Miller and George Henry Davidson) followed "Kenner, Davidson, & Miller," when merchant W.B. Kenner removed himself from the firm. "Miller & Davison" stoneware is some of the most unusually decorated stoneware in Strasburg. Potter George Davidson"s Baltimore training greatly influenced his cobalt brush decorating style, to the extent that his Strasburg decorations look much like Baltimore clover designs. In terms of rarity, size, and decorative appeal, this pitcher has it all. Excellent condition with minor 2 1/2" faint line at base, which continues onto underside 1 1/4", as well as a few tiny base and rim chips. Height 9 3/8".

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