1839 American Stoneware Pitcher, Probably Midwestern

March 5, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 69

Price Realized: $2,012.50

($1,750 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Very Rare Three-Gallon Stoneware Pitcher with Cobalt Foliate Decoration, Dated and Initialed in Cobalt "1839 / H.K.," probably Midwestern origin, large-sized bulbous pitcher with unusually short and narrow collar embellished with incised bands; ribbed handle with rare tail-like lower terminal; front of pitcher decorated with brushed cobalt leaves in a cross-like pattern; sides and spout decorated with additional leaf-like brushwork. Side of pitcher features the brushed cobalt inscription "1839 / H.K." Pitcher is impressed with a reverse "3" on the front. The brushed inscription and unusually large size make this pitcher an exceptional example of the form. Thin crack on underside, extending 4 1/2" along base on front, and 7/8" on reverse. Faint and small V-shaped line on shoulder. Minor rim wear. H 15".

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