Exceptional 5 Gal. Stoneware Slip-Trailed Bird Churn

July 16, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 209

Price Realized: $1,380.00

($1,200 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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July 16, 2011 Auction Catalog

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Exceptional Five-Gallon Stoneware Churn with Folk Art Cobalt Bird Decoration, Midwestern origin, possibly Red Wing, MN, circa 1880, semi-ovoid form with tooled shoulder, rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a very large slip-trailed bird perched in a tree branch. Bird is depicted with long curving neck, heavily slip-trailed tail, wing embellished with circles, and neck and breast decorated with wavy lines and dots. Branch features three crossing stems with numerous leaves. Slip-trailed with a script "5" and flourish above decoration. The distinctive "5" with heavily-curled lower portion is consistent with Red Wing, MN, as are aspects of the decoration and form. One of the finest examples of Midwestern stoneware to be offered at auction anywhere recently. Sealed cracks in underside, extending onto base in the form of two thinner hairlines. One of these hairlines is Y-shaped and continues up base 5 3/4" to right of decoration. The second extends 4" along base on side of churn. Two chips on interior of rim, along with shallow chips and wear to interior of rim where a lid would rest. Restoration to 7" x 3 1/4" section of rim above one handle extending to reverse of churn. 3 3/4" hairline from rim. H 16 3/8".

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