Rare WHITES / BINGHAMTON Stoneware Crock with Paddleboat Decoration

October 29, 2011 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 234

October 29, 2011 Auction Catalog

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Extremely Rare One-Gallon Stoneware Crock with Cobalt Paddleboat Decoration, Stamped "WHITES BINGHAMTON," New York State origin, circa 1850, small-sized, cylindrical crock with tooled shoulder, semi-rounded rim, and applied lug handles, decorated with a slip-trailed design of a paddleboat atop a wide brushed band of water. Boat features rigging and a flag at the bow, a large wheel at the center, and rigging at the stern. One of a small number of Whites pieces from Binghamton with this design known. Excellent decoration and desirable size. Provenance: Ex-Al Behr, 1985. Behr's 1985 stoneware catalog states the following about this crock: "Did these kinds of boats ply the nearby Chenango Canal? Don't ask me. . Anyway, a great folky, signed piece of Americana." Sealed top-to-bottom crack on reverse. Sealed scattered flakes above and to the right of the boat. Small chip to left ear. Some flakes to right ear. A small flake on top of rim and some small chips on interior of rim. H 7 1/4" ; Diameter 8 3/4".

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