Rockingham County, VA Stoneware Jar, probably Coffman

November 5, 2005 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 8

Price Realized: $8,360.00

($7,600 hammer, plus 10% buyer's premium)

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Rare Rockingham County, VA, Stoneware Preserve Jar with Cobalt Floral Decoration, probably Coffman family, circa 1850, squat-shaped, highly ovoid jar with straight collar, ribbed handles, and coggled decoration where collar meets the body of the vessel. Decorated on each side over slip-washed clay with a cobalt vine bearing leaves and a large circular blossom. Judging by similarly-decorated examples in Evans and Suter"s A Great Deal of Stone and Earthen Ware, this jar was probably made by one of the Coffmans, possibly the patriarch of the family, Andrew, who it is said introduced this form to the county. This jar is also decorated with a coggled dentil-type design around the base of the collar, which is highly unusual for potters from this area. A rare and increasingly-desirable Shenandoah Valley form. Excellent condition with a few rim chips. In-the-making mottling to clay. Height 7 3/8".

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