Stoneware Pitcher, probably David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV

November 5, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 182

Price Realized: $2,420.00

($2,200 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium)

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November 5, 2005 Auction Catalog

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Important and Highly Unusual Two-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Brush-Decorated Woman and Vine Motifs, probably David Greenland Thompson, Morgantown, WV, circa 1855, large semi-ovoid form with tall narrow collar and footed base, brush-decorated vertically on one side with a large flowering vine and on the opposing side with a large woman"s profile. The woman is painted in the typical Morgantown style, wears a dress, and has a brushed line underneath her to simulate the ground. A two-gallon capacity mark is impressed at the center of the pitcher. The "people crocks" of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia are some of the most collectible of American stoneware. The fact that this rare motif is presented here on a two-gallon pitcher form makes it truly exceptional. The early shape and thin walls of this pitcher suggest it may have been made early on in the Thompson family"s venture into stoneware production, circa 1855. Some roughness on reverse by handle, which appears to be original. Minor spout chip and minor rim chips. Heavy chipping to base. Height 14 1/4".

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